Well, so much for the gangbang joke about Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" music video

I was originally going to post the video and make a joke about how the ending (or what I thought was the ending) looked like the setup to a porn. If you've never seen the video or just forgot, it's this whole thing where she's acting as a personal trainer for a bunch of fat fellows who can't do even the simplest exercise without suffering a coronary. She eventually gives up and hits the showers. Meanwhile, all the fat guys somehow transform into bodybuilders and when Newton-John comes back, she does what I imagine a lot of women would do in this situation and basically gropes them all. You can check the video below.



Like I said, I thought the video ended with the now fit guys surrounding Olivia Newton-John and her giving the camera a "I'm gettin' some dick today!" look, but I was wrong. Boy, was I ever wrong. Somehow, the whole "the guys are all gay" twist ending escaped my memory. Keep in mind that it wasn't until near the end of the 70s that the American Medical Association removed homosexuality as a mental illness. This video came out in 1981, so only a few scant years later. With that in mind, the ending was really quite bold.

Aside from that, the video was pretty controversial for the time. It was overtly sexual, what with Olivia Newton-John touching and rubbing against half-naked guys in speedos, to say nothing of her shower scene and some very interesting camera angles (like the one in the thumbnail). Nowadays, the video wouldn't even raise an eyebrow except among the very conservative crowd.

I'm going to get a little cheeky with the url for this post, just to see how many pageviews it'll get.

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