Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: Paramount Pictures
Move over The Prom: there's another high school-set movie prompting debate.
(But this one's 42 years old and doesn't involve James Corden, who was barely a month old when it came out...)
We're of course talking about Grease, an enduring favourite of audiences worldwide. It did not, however, fare well with modern viewers during a recent TV airing.
The musical, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John [above, left and right] was shown on BBC One on Boxing Day in the UK.
The plot concerns the lives and loves of a group of teenagers in the 1950s, with focus on 'greaser' Danny and new girl in town Sandy, who belong to different cliques.
"Misogynistic, sexist and a bit rapey"
During one scene set at the high school dance, the host tells a student (after flirting with her) that same-sex couples are not allowed on the dancefloor.
"All couples must be boy/girl? Well Grease, shove your homophobia," reacted one viewer on Twitter.
“Grease peak of homophobia," said another.
Of the cast, one viewer tweeted: “Watched Grease on the BBC, surprised they let it go, full of white people.”
Another said: "Hey, there's one non-white couple at the dance! One! #Grease."
Said another viewer online: "Ahhh man. Just watching #Grease one of my favourite films and it’s so of its time. Misogynistic, sexist and a bit rapey."
Loose Women panellist Brenda Edwards addressed the debate on the ITV show yesterday, saying: "It’s nonsense to be quite perfectly honest. Everybody’s complaining about this on the telly and it’s not based on true facts. It’s light-hearted, let’s have some fun, let’s sing and dance around our front rooms.
"When that came out I never looked at it to think it was this, that or the other. I just looked at it for what it was, great entertainment."
"If you don’t like it, switch off. You don’t have to watch it, it’s pathetic."
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