Two high schools have canceled a musical based on Grease, the classic John Travolta movie, after a handful of students complained that it was ‘sexist.’
This took place in Australia as a few students at Presbyterian Ladies College and Scotch College claimed the musical was “offensive, sexist and anti-feminist,” as reported by the local newspaper the West Australian.They protested against the planned joint-production of Grease, and called on the schools to ban future productions.
Presbyterian Ladies College Principal Cate Begbie and acting Scotch College Headmaster Peter Burt said in a joint statement that a number of PLC students raised concerns about whether the musical was appropriate in modern times, adding: “Scotch College listened respectfully to the girls’ concerns and both schools agreed a different musical would be better suited for their joint production in 2022.”
It is yet to be revealed which show will replace Grease.
But there are always two sides to every story, as several parents have complained about the decision, saying that the students who found the musical offensive made up a “small minority” of both student bodies and that not all students were given an opportunity to weigh in.
Olivia Newton-John defended the movie saying: “It’s a movie. It’s a story from the ‘50s 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.”