(OPINION) NewsHub – Social media users are calling to ban the iconic 1970s hit film ‘Grease’, condemning it for being “sexist”, “homophobic”, and “slut-shaming”.


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A Boxing Day viewing of the film on BBC1 sparked outrage online, with many Twitter users calling the film out-dated. “Grease is on. It really has a terrible message doesn’t it?” one user said. “Sorry but “Grease” sucks on so many levels. No plot. Nothing interesting happens.

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And the message is pure misogyny,” said another. The film is a light-hearted romantic musical, centring around a high school love affair between Sandy, played by Olivia Newton-John, and Danny, played by John Travolta. Critics on Twitter complained about the lyric, “Did she put up a fight?” in the song Summer Nights, when Danny talks about ‘hooking up’ with Sandy.

Others shared disapproval about Sandy’s friend Rizzo, who was slut-shamed for having unprotected sex. The drive-in scene where Sandy and Danny watch a movie together was criticised for being “rapey”, one user saying that it “didn’t age well”. READ MORE

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