Maybe it’s the nostalgia factor or the cheesy songs or the fact that I have a thing for dudes wearing leather jackets, but there’s something about Grease that just never gets old. It’s just fun, you know? And a reminder that there was a time when John Travolta was kind of a babe.
Still, I have eyes and ears, and as much as you can love things that are problematic, it’s worth acknowledging that some things are problematic in the first place. When it comes to Grease, some of the most WTF moments are obvious and carry some serious moral questions, but others are a lot more subtle. So subtle that you probably didn’t even notice until your tenth watch. From date rape jokes to straight up sexual harassment, here’s a roundup of 10 of the most effed up moments that Grease has to offer.
Danny And Peer PressureApparently it's not cool to show genuine affection for girls you really like if you're a T-Bird, so Danny caved to peer pressure and damn near blanked Sandy entirely. What an a-hole. Yeah, yeah, yeah, he learns the error of his ways but how many of us would really take someone back after that stunt?
Trash Talk In Musical FormLet's loudly sing a song about this weirdo Australian new girl when she is just in the next room she'll never notice. Oh no, she noticed! Photo Source: Grease/Paramount Pictures
LOL Safe SexRemember how Kenickie realized that the condom he bought years and years ago was broken? Remember when Rizzo was like, "eh, eff it" and they started to have sex anyway. Yeah, uh, yeah...don't do that. Photo Source: Grease/Paramount Pictures
Crater Face's Below The Belt ComebackRemember when Crater Face hit Kenickie's car just because he could? He said he would pay him back for the hunk of joke, a whole five cents, including Rizzo who was also in the car at the time. Dude, low blow. That ain't right. The definition of "oh snap" right here.
Is This Legal?So Rydell High was hosting an episode of National Bandstand for their school dance, which is cute, right? Super '50s and '60s, right? Not so cute: The host trying to get up close and personal with Marty. Look, we all have eyes and can see that these characters aren't actually in high school but they're still portraying high school students. That dude was tryna get with, like, a 17-year-old girl or something. Nah. Photo Source: Grease/Paramount Pictures
Casual Date Rape Joke Ha...Ha?So right after Rizzo tells Marty that she might be pregnant with some random dude's baby (okay, she meant Kenickie but she didn't tell her that), Marty thinks this is a great moment to let her know that the TV presenter who was creeping on her earlier in the movie tried to put an apserin in her drink. This was said so casually that it's nearly impossible to catch even after several watches. Like...WTF? Casual date rape roofie reference, okay, Grease... Photo Source: Grease/Paramount Pictures
Rumors Rumors Are No FunMarty is the worst friend ever because the second she promised not to tell anyone about Rizzo's potential pregnancy...she tells someone that Rizzo is pregnant. Of course, word gets around in about 20 seconds. Not a good look, Marty. Photo Source: Grease/Paramount Pictures
Coping A FeelW-why was Danny so skeevy in this scene. First he tries to cop a feel without Sandy knowing, then he forces himself on her and starts making exaggerated noises as if they're getting hot and heavy...and then sings a sad song as if he's confused as to why Sandy was mad at him? Um, bro... Photo Source: Grease/Paramount Pictures
Bullying Is FunnyEugene was bullied mercilessly throughout this movie and we were supposed to laugh along. Gross. Then--then--the one time nerdy ol' Eugene impresses everyone by kicking ass at the pie toss, he has to be the butt of a joke again with a literal pie in his face. Damn, let Eugene live! Photo Source: Grease/Paramount Pictures
The Worst Lesson EverNo matter how much you love Grease you have to admit that the ending is so effed up. Sandy decides to change who she is entirely, picking up smoking and a skin tight, all black everything look just so she would be more appealing than ever to her greaser boo, Danny. Of course Sandy looked outta sight but wow, what an awful message this is sending out. Let's not forget that just before this scene Danny was also putting on a more preppy exterior so that he would be more presentable around Sandy which is also, you know, not being himself. But of course, Danny couldn't possibly succumb to Sandy's aesthetic; Sandy had to succub to Danny's. Pfft. Photo Source: Grease/Paramount Pictures
What other moments in Grease were beyond cringe worthy? What other old movies have some really questionable scenes? Tell us in the comments!