Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
Forty-two years after the release of one of the most popular musicals ever, young ‘snowflakes’ are out in full force, making ridiculous claims that the movie is sexist, racist, and homophobic. From the Guardian:
When BBC1 screened the movie (Grease) on Boxing Day, 42 years after its cinema release, youngsters took to social media to label it ‘rapey’ and misogynist for showing how strait-laced Sandy, played by Olivia Newton-John, transformed herself into a vamp to bag the man of her dreams, Danny Zuko, played by John Travolta.
In the film’s final scenes, student Sandy ditches her good- girl image for skin-tight PVC trousers and takes up smoking so she can impress Danny.
It prompted one outraged Twitter user to write: ‘Grease is far too sexist and overly white and should be banned from the screen. It is nearly 2021 after all.’
Another furious viewer complained: ‘Grease sucks on so many levels and the message is pure misogyny.’
A third user agreed, saying: ‘Grease is just the most sexist piece of s***.’
Other viewers complained about the lyric ‘Did she put up a fight?’ in the hit song Summer Nights, when Danny describes seducing Sandy.
‘So turns out Grease is actually pretty rapey,’ wrote one aghast viewer, while another said: ‘Misogynistic, sexist and a bit rapey.’
Others were angry that Rizzo was ‘slut-shamed’ for sleeping with various men, particularly when she had sex with T-Bird Kenickie without a condom.
The ‘snowflakes’ were also unimpressed with Vince Fontaine, the radio announcer who hosted the dance-off at Rydell High.
As the character flirted with Pink Lady Marty, he told all dancers that there were no same-sex couples.
When Grease was released in 1978, film censors gave it an A rating, the equivalent of today’s PG, commenting only about some of the near-the-knuckle language.
The film still carries a PG rating with a warning of ‘frequent mild sex references and mild language’.
Ms Newton-John has previously dismissed claims of sexism, saying: ‘It’s a movie and a fun story and I’ve never taken it too seriously.’
I wish these young politically correct fools would keep their snotty mouths shut and leave our old favorites alone.
Grease lovers unite!
Enjoy this blog from 2018 celebrating a Grease milestone!