Olivia Newton-John’s Pride Post Gets Spammed With Hateful Comments

ÂMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Olivia Newton-John during the annual Wellness Walk and Research Runon September 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. The annual event, now in it's sixth year, raises vital funds to support cancer research and wellness programs at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Victoria
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While Grease star Olivia Newton-John died in 2022 after a battle with cancer, her social media pages continue to post. Recently, her estate shared the news that they will be releasing a deluxe edition of her album Grace and Gratitude on CD with two additional tracks. She first released the album in 2006. The account shares plenty of throwback photos to pay tribute to the iconic star that we lost too soon. However, the page garnered some controversy when a photo was posted in honor of Pride Month (held each year in June).

The post featured a lovely photo of Newton-John, wearing a rainbow sweatshirt with the caption, “Happy Pride Month! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Remember to preorder “Grace and Gratitude” Deluxe Edition! Click the #linkinbio #graceandgratitude #pridemonth #happyjune” It was not off-brand as Newton-John was a proud ally for the LGBTQ+ community and beloved by all audiences. Before her death, she often posted for Pride Month as well as performed during Pride Month parades.


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However, the post eventually turned off comments after being flooded with hateful messages. Some people claimed that it was wrong to post a photo of a deceased person to “push an agenda,” while others wrote that it “hurt their hearts” to see the post. Others said that they would be unfollowing the page after the post went live.

Olivia Newton-John, Welt-Tournee "Totally Hot", "CCH", am 02.06.1978 in Hamburg, Deutschland.

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Not all fans agreed as one wrote on another post, “I hate that whoever runs this page now felt it necessary to delete the “Happy Pride Month” post because of people’s negative, nasty comments. Olivia Newton-John was an ally and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. She posted about it and offered her time and talent in support. Sad how some random, hateful people bully others, when all they had to do was scroll by if they didn’t like and agree. No one is forcing anyone to read, like and agree. Happy Pride Month ❤️🧡💛💚🩵💙💜🩷”

It seems that Newton-John likely would have approved of the message if she were still alive, based on her past activism efforts.

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