Even ‘Grease – In the Times of Brilliance’ hasn’t escaped bad aging and fans were able to prove it after the classic was recently shown to new audiences in the UK.
Although it appears to be a simple musical for young people, the feature film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John has been accused by young British people of containing racist, sexist and homophobic scenes.
Directed by Randal Kleiser in 1978, it seems that the film was not very concerned with questions of representativeness, which today are strongly defended by the general public.
According to Monet Magazine, young audiences are encouraging the “cancellation” of the film after it has been shown on BBC1, with the condition that it no longer be shown on television.
“’Grease’ is very sexist, overly white and should be banned from the screen. After all, it’s almost 2021, ”said one viewer.
The scene in which Putzie (Kelly Ward) bends down to look up the skirts of two students from Rydell High School has been one of the most criticized for influencing bullying behavior.
“It’s totally sexist, misogynistic and raped. It’s horrible for anyone with common sense, ”said another viewer.
Also, the audience didn’t like the proposal to show women only as sex objects that challenge men’s attention to each other.
Rizzo (Stockard Channing) has been identified as a character who qualifies the image of the woman having slept with several men and having had sex without a condom with Kenickie Murdock (Jeff Conaway).
The feud between women was another recurring criticism, especially when Rizzo ridiculed Sandy Olsson’s (Newton-John) image of a good girl by singing the song “Look At Me I’m Sandra D.”
Another moment that stood out among young people was when radio host Vince Fontaine (Edd Byrnes) told all the dancers that there cannot be same-sex couples when presenting a pageant. dance at school.
Internet users also didn’t miss the lack of diversity in the cast when they said:
“I saw ‘Grease’ until the end and realized that there were no black actors or black students in school. I was surprised that there were only whites.
So what do you think of the film’s cancellation?
Recall that The Wrap announced that HBO Max has ordered a spinoff series from the classic.
Entitled “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies”, the production will also feature characters from the 1978 film, such as Danny Zuko (Travolta) and Sandy Olsson.
At this time, the cast has yet to be revealed and it is not known if the stars of the original film will make appearances.
“The plot reinvents the film’s worldwide success with some characters already known and many new. It’s still the 1950s, a world with great musical numbers combined with original sounds. It’s high school pressure, teen panic and the roller coaster of life in America. All this with the modern sensibility that will awaken music lovers ”.
Previously announced as ‘Grease: Rydell High’, the premiere is slated for 2021.
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