Monday, October 28, 2013

The Musical Every Teenager Loves

Of course, I could be talking about a number of musicals. Wicked comes to mind. But no, I'm talking about GREASE! 

Teenagers love it more than anyone else in the world. Why? Maybe it's because the movie's (I'm only talking about the movie, not the play. The play is weird.) about teenagers. Maybe it's because DJ's play that awfully cheesy medley at teen dances. Maybe it's because they don't see the movie until they're teenagers, because it's not exactly kid-friendly.

I'm not saying "Little Shop of Horrors" or "Les Miserables" is kid friendly. But at least the morals of those stories are appropriate.

Grease, on the other hand, is a story about an innocent, strong teenage woman who gets mixed up with a bad group of gangsters, falls in love, and turns into a big slutty tramp.

Is this the message we want to be sending the youth of America? No. Do they eat it up? Apparently.

And have you LISTENED to some of those lyrics John Travolta blurs together in, "Grease Lightening?" They had to edit the words when they performed the song on Glee. And that's saying something!

Now, I loved me some Grease when I was a teenager. I knew the ending was lame, and not to pay too much attention to "Grease Lightening," and that the "Beauty School Drop-Out" song was a fat waste of time, but Danny Zuko was hot, the characters were interesting, the songs were fun, everyone else loved it, and... the songs were fun.

The moral of the story being, sometimes we like musicals because the music is good. Sometimes we like musicals because........................................ Well, sometimes it seems there's just no good reason. 

Teenagers of America, you could do worse.

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