In the age of political correctness, historical context means nothing, and Hollywood did its best to rewrite history for the newest installment of “Grease.”
On Sunday, Fox aired “Grease: Live” and it took great pains to make the cast diverse.
Just one problem — it’s completely inaccurate both with the original “Grease” and 1959 America.
Black actress Keke Palmer played Marty Maraschino, Wendell Pierce was cast as Coach Calhoun, Jordan Fisher took on the role of Doody and numerous background dancers were either black, Asian or Hispanic.
This would be fine for a 2016 movie, but this film was a period piece, and this type of ethnic diversity in school was uncommon, if not nonexistent, in the 1950s.
And the progressive makeover didn’t stop there.
The new version of Grease featured male cheerleaders, had the Sandy character get her ears pierced rather than smoke a cigarette, changed the lyrics to some of the songs and added interracial relationships.
Palmer posted to Instagram hours before the show praising the diversity of the new cast.
I feel as if I have waited my entire life for a moment like this. Tonight, I get the opportunity to introduce the Live production of Grease. The 2016 version .. What does that mean? Too many things to express honestly. But one, that really spurs the heart … There has never been an African American in Grease and while I hate that that’s something to be pointed out, it is! My little brother and sister think differently growing up seeing me do something like this! They will not know it to be any other way in their 14yrs of living! That is REAL! When @4everBrandy played Cinderella, I was able to believe that I could play her on Broadway! And even if you are not an African American, you will be the first at whatever YOUR dreams are because they are yours. So whether you are an African American, or a female or whatever, if you can not relate to ANYONE in our show at face value. Relate to the fact that this is the first time anything like this has been done and it’s only being done because we all believed! That is the KEY?.. We are a group of people no more special than you that just believed in what we are doing. And tonight we get the gift and the blessing of sharing that belief with YOU ??????. THAT IS WHAT IT IS ABOUT! And I know sometimes when things get tough it’s hard to believe that your perspective can really change it, but it can! This is the proof of what happens when you believe. When YOU believe you change the world, you change the YOUniverse. So, (we) the kids, let’s take this and run with it and create even more out of it! #HistoricalTypeVibes #GreaseLive #LoveIsReal #FateIsReal #YourDreamsAreReal
Still, many on social media thought the whitewashing of history and progressiveness of the new version of the classic was ridiculous.
— Blessedterns (@Blessedterns) February 1, 2016
Can’t believe #GreaseLive didn’t make Danny and Sandy black and Eugene a homo. Sooooooo Un-PC.
— Rachel Butera (@RachelAButera) February 1, 2016
Grease is what it is. Does it also have to be about life lessons & PC messaging? Cause the songs say something else. #greaselive
— mike avila (@mikeavila) February 1, 2016
— TJ Ross (@KidmansJorts) February 1, 2016
— Jennifer Delora, PhD (@jenniferdelora) February 1, 2016
This new Grease is so PC, I’m surprised they didn’t rename it “Soy based organic hair product” #GreaseLive
— Tom Hopkins (@THopkinsNY) February 1, 2016
#GreaseLive Really? Blacks people in Grease?This is ridiculous .Perfect example of PC bullshit.
— Randall Morrison (@Metalhed789) February 1, 2016
There were lots of urban public schools in 1959 at which interracial dating was no big deal, right? Ooodles? #GreaseLive
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) February 1, 2016
Lot of interracial couples for a musical based on 1950s greaser gangs.
Diversity over reality I always say. ☺️#GreaseLive
— Slippery Sloper (@slippery_sloper) February 1, 2016
who knew Rydell High was such a bastion of interracial dating? And in 1959 too. Huh. You learn something every day. #GreaseLive
— Game of Thornes (@GeoffThorne) February 1, 2016
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