Australian actor and singer Olivia Newton-John in a podcast interview 'A Life of Greatness' on Monday, responded to the criticism her musical film ‘Grease’, that released in 1978, has received after the film was screened during Christmas 2020 on BBC.
The classic film that featured Newton-John and John Travolta has been targeted by fans who labelled the film as sexist, rapey, misogynistic and racist following which the actor defended the film and called the criticism “silly”.
The 72-year-old actor, who played the role of Aussie Sandy Olsson, in the interview said the "fun movie musical isn't meant to be taken so seriously." She added that back then the scenario of gender roles were very different from today. "I think in this particular instance, it's kind of silly because the movie was made in the '70s about the '50s'", said the actor.
However, the twitteratis criticised the film brutally. One of the user wrote "Not only is Grease sexist (and rapey), it's also a terrible terrible film. I said what I said". Another commented "Grease was my favourite musical growing up. Still good but now I know how good it would’ve been if you know: not for racism".
"Ahhh man. Just watching #Grease one of my favourite films and it’s so of its time. Misogynistic, sexist and a bit rapey", tweeted a third user while fourth one pointed out that "There were no Black actors or pupils at the high school".
The actor gave back to the twitteratis and told that the social media users "need to relax a little bit and just enjoy things for what they are. I think it’s a fun movie that entertains people."
Directed by Randal Kleiser, the film was a musical romantic comedy in which Newton’s character falls for local bad boy Danny Zuko at Rydell High played by actor John Travolta.