The left-wing cancel chorus has set its puritanical sights on the 1978 movie Grease, calling it racist, sexist and homophobic, and star Olivia Newton-John is hitting back.
After the movie played on British television over the holidays, it was criticized harshly on social media, that mysterious, anonymous world from which journalists so love to pull culture-defining quotes.
Speaking to the A Life of Greatness podcast, the 72-year-old Newton-John defended Grease against a new generation of woke, puritan millennials. “I think it’s kind of silly. I mean, this movie was made in the 1970s about the 1950s,” she said.
“It was a stage play, it’s a musical, it’s fun. It’s a fun movie musical not to be taken so seriously.”
The singer and medical marijuana campaigner went on to say that people take popular culture “too seriously” these days.
When the film was played on BBC on Dec. 26, more than four decades after its release, many young people were outraged by how student Sandy (Olivia) drops her good-girl image for skintight pants and takes up smoking to impress Danny (John Travolta).
One scene that caused particular offence to Twitter users was when a teen boy lies on the floor to look up the skirts of two girl students at the fictional Rydell High. Other viewers complained about the lyric “Did she put up a fight?” in the hit song “Summer Nights.”
“So turns out Grease is actually pretty rapey,” tweeted one viewer, while another said: “Misogynistic, sexist and a bit rapey.”
When Grease was released in 1978, film censors gave it an A rating, the equivalent of today’s PG, commenting only about some inappropriate language.