Olivia Newton-John on claims Grease is SEXIST: ‘John Travolta’s Danny changed for Sandy’
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The hit musical Grease is one of the highest-grossing movie musicals of all time, taking in over $400 million at the box office back in 1978. But since then, some movie fans have felt the film’s portrayal of Sandy’s raunchy transformation is sexist. After all, this is what it takes for John Travolta’s Danny to be won over by her at Grease’s end.
However, Sandy star Olivia Newton-John has responded to the claims that Grease is sexist in a new interview.
The 72-year-old told The Guardian: “It’s a movie. It’s a story from the Fifties where things were different.
“Everyone forgets that, at the end, he changes for her, too. There’s nothing deep in there about the #MeToo movement.
“It’s just a girl who loves a guy, and she thinks if she does that, he’ll like her.”
Olivia added: “And he thinks if he does that, she’ll like him.
“I think that’s pretty real. People do that for each other. It was a fun love story.”
Meanwhile, her Frenchie co-star Didi Conn has also shot down the claims that Grease is sexist.
The 69-year-old felt that Sandy’s makeover was more about her being true to herself than trying to win over Danny.
Didi told GMB today: “It’s like the first makeover show…just becoming more of herself to come through.
“And it’s not so much to get her man, it’s to be who she is 100 per cent because she ran away from the dance because he was dancing with Cha-Cha and she couldn’t confront him because there was this part of her that wanted to come out.”
Similarly, some movie fans have pointed out that the James Bond franchise has been sexist in the past and needs to update in light of the MeToo movement, which No Time To Die seems to be doing.
This includes the idea of updating the Bond girl or “Bond woman” as is the wording preference on the 007 set nowadays.
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Back in the summer, The Man With The Golden Gun star Britt Ekland told The Guardian: “I’m the proudest Bond girl there is because there are not a lot of us left.
“And there won’t be any in future. The Bond girl has to look good in a bikini.”
While appearing on GMB, she shared her thoughts on what James Bond should be like.
The 78-year-old told Piers Morgan: “I think that Bond should probably be a little bit more untouchable.”
Britt added: “He’s a fantasy…the Bond man. Every big do I go to, everyone wants to be Bond.”
Sir Roger Moore’s co-star is not in favour of politically correct updates to the 007 franchise.
She said: “It would be wonderful if [after Daniel Craig] they turned back in time and turned to the traditional, old-fashioned, bachelor, pipe-smoking [spy].”
That’s if No Time To Die ever does finally release at the cinema of course.
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