It’s one of the most iconic coming-of-age films around, but critics have had a lot to say about Grease in the wake of the #MeToo movement and Sandy, a.k.a Olivia Newton-John isn’t having any of it.
On Loose Women this week, the actress insisted Grease is a ‘fun story’ and says she has never taken the criticism ‘too seriously’.
People had been critical of the fact Sandy completely overhauled her style and underwent a ‘sexy’ transformation in an attempt to woo Danny in the film.
Olivia pointed out that Danny had changed his image too, to a preppier one to try and impress her.
When asked if the film would be received in the same way today, she said ‘I don’t really know.’
Responding to the comments, Olivia said: ‘I know there were some criticisms about me wanting to change to be like him but they forget that he wanted to change to be what I wanted. It’s a movie and it’s a fun story and I have never taken that too seriously.’
Many claim that Grease promotes a sexist representation of women in the wake of the #MeToo movement, including scrutiny of the controversial lyric ‘Did she put up a fight?’ from the song Summer Nights. Some argued it was a reference to non-consenual sex.
Elsewhere Rizzo was criticised for her love life, despite the fact the T-Birds spend the entire film trying to hook up with girls.
Olivia says none of the cast new how big the film was going to be: ‘I don’t really think anyone had a clue. I mean, the stage show had been a huge success for a long time so there was a lot of talk about the movie and it was a very popular show.’
She continued: ‘Nobody could have imagined the success the movie has enjoyed, especially all these years later – 41 years later and people are still talking about it! It’s pretty amazing, I’m pretty lucky.’
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