So I began watching Grease:Live last night.
I began watching an artless take on a classic that should never be revived because it’s inherently sexist and immoral. What I forgive the 50’s and John Travolta for, I could never forgive the modern moment for.
What I really want to talk about is how much money, hype, press, and did i say $$MONEY$$ went towards said artless production. I cannot believe how pointless it is. I can’t believe that something was allowed to be mounted without any point of view. Without any adaptation. Without any justification. Just for buzz. Just for nostalgia. Just for star power.
I also want to talk about how that’s what commercial stars are drawn towards. That that is the standard of “success” as ascertained by fiscal value. How else am I supposed to take this? How am I, an artist entering the world, supposed to parse this information? So I should throw money, energy, and time towards reliving sexist portrayals and masking it with a sad pass at diversity onscreen in order to earn a pay check?
I refuse. Maybe I’m idealistic. Maybe I’m naive. Maybe I’ll change my tune when rent’s due. I hope to God that I live to see a time when numerical value matches intrinsic, artistic, empathic, meaningful value. Please, God.