How ‘Grease’ became a victim of cancel culture during Oliva Newton-John’s battle with cancer

Date:

Grease had fallen victim to ‘cancel culture‘ as it is star Olivia Newton-John battled cancer – but she defended the film several times before her tragic death.

Students in years between 7 and 10 at Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) and Scotch College in Perth decided not to participate in the play after girls believed it was offensive and anti-feminist.

It was due to be staged at the start of the year, just months before the tragic death of Olivia Newton-John, who starred alongside John Travolta in the 1978 classic.

The Australian singer died on Monday morning surrounded by family at her home in the south California after a long battle with breast cancer.

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the iconic 1978 film Grease that catapulted their careers.  He was among the first to pay tribute to her on Monday

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the iconic 1978 film Grease that catapulted their careers. He was among the first to pay tribute to her on Monday

Students in years 7 to 10 at Presbyterian Ladies

Students in years 7 to 10 at Presbyterian Ladies

Students in years 7 to 10 at Presbyterian Ladies’ College and Scotch College in Perth decided not to take part in the play after girls believed it was offensive and anti-feminist

In November last year, PLC director Cate Begbie and acting principal of Scotch College Peter Burt released a joint statement about their decision to cancel the musical.

‘A number of PLC students were concerned about whether the musical was appropriate in modern times,’ it read.

‘Scotch College listened respectfully to the girls’ concerns, and both schools agreed that another musical would be better suited for their joint production in 2022.’

Olivia Newton-John is best known for her famous role as Sandy in the 1978 film Grease (pictured, Newton-John with Grease co-star John Travolta)

Olivia Newton-John is best known for her famous role as Sandy in the 1978 film Grease (pictured, Newton-John with Grease co-star John Travolta)

Olivia Newton-John is best known for her famous role as Sandy in the 1978 film Grease (pictured, Newton-John with Grease co-star John Travolta)

Fans left flowers and photos on Newton-John

Fans left flowers and photos on Newton-John

Fans left flowers and photos on Newton-John’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (above) after she died on Monday morning

Sunrise reported the girls at PLC told teachers they felt Grease was ‘offensive, sexist and anti-feminist’ and refused to take part.

‘They can’t turn on Mary Poppins because she disciplines the children. Sound of Music, you know, does it make a mixed family right?’ co-host Edwina Bartholomew asked on the program last year.

‘What are they deciding on?’ David Koch replied.

‘I don’t know, The Book of Mormon?’ Bartholomew joked.

Newton-John repeatedly defended the film in her recent interviews, saying people shouldn’t take it ‘too seriously’.

‘I think it’s a bit crazy. I mean, this movie was made in the 1970s about the 1950s,’ she said.

‘It was a play, it’s a musical, it’s fun. It’s a fun movie musical, not to be taken too seriously.

‘We need to relax a bit and just enjoy things for what they are. I didn’t see it that way at all, I think it’s a fun film that entertains people.’

Just days before her death, Olivia Newton-John posted a heartwarming throwback photo on Instagram alongside her husband John Easterling

Just days before her death, Olivia Newton-John posted a heartwarming throwback photo on Instagram alongside her husband John Easterling

Just days before her death, Olivia Newton-John posted a heartwarming throwback photo on Instagram alongside her husband John Easterling

Grease co-star John Travolta was one of the first to pay tribute to Newton-John writing:

Grease co-star John Travolta was one of the first to pay tribute to Newton-John writing:

Grease co-star John Travolta was one of the first to pay tribute to Newton-John writing: ‘your Danny, your John’ under a photo (above) of the star

Grease was also broadcast on free-to-air television in the UK earlier this year, with the show drawing equally angry reactions from viewers.

Many said the film had not aged well, accusing it of being ‘misogynistic’, ‘rapey’ and believing it encouraged ‘slut-shaming’.

Newton-John said during a 2020 interview that she believed it actually conveyed a strong female character that was relevant in today’s society.

‘It’s a movie. It’s a story from the 1950s where things were different,’ she said about the criticism.

‘Everyone forgets that in the end he also changes for her. There is nothing profound about the #MeToo movement.’

The Australian icon lost her battle with breast cancer on Monday morning, surrounded by her husband John Easterling and other close friends and family.

Easterling revealed that the actress’ final request was for donations to be made to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, ‘in lieu of flowers’.

The foundation funds research into plant-based medicine and holistic treatments for cancer.

Newton-John

Newton-John

Newton-John’s husband John Easterling (right) broke the news of her death on Monday by sharing a message on her Facebook page

Newton-John’s battle with breast cancer first began in 1992 when she was just 44 years old.

She was very open about her diagnosis and treatment, which famously included the use of medical marijuana. Her cancer returned in 2013 and again in 2017.

Newton-John and Easterling met while on an ayahuasca retreat in Peru.

One of the first high-profile friends of the star to pay tribute was her Grease co-star John Travolta.

‘My dearest Olivia, you have made our whole life so much better. Your influence was incredible. I love you so much. We’ll see you on the road and we’ll all be together again,’ he wrote in an Instagram post alongside a photo of Newton-John.

‘From the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!’

How ‘Grease’ became a victim of cancel culture during Oliva Newton-John’s battle with cancer Source link How ‘Grease’ became a victim of cancel culture during Oliva Newton-John’s battle with cancer

The post How ‘Grease’ became a victim of cancel culture during Oliva Newton-John’s battle with cancer appeared first on California News Times.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Popular

More like this
Related

Did Satoshi Nakamoto Meet with SEC Five Years Ago?

A sensationalist tweet posted by a Fox Business journalist...

SUPERCUT: As Democrats’ Prospects in the 2022 Midterms Continue to Wane

SUPERCUT: As Democrats' Prospects in the 2022 Midterms Continue...

Voyager: As FTX.US acquires all assets, the future of VGX still remains a mystery 

The crypto brokerage and lender Voyager Digital faced severe...