I'm not one of those filmgoers who has to like, sympathize, or 'relate' to a character in order to remain invested in the story they're featured in. I'm not looking for role models when I go to the movies. Just give me a compelling story driven by intriguing characters.
Rumor has it Criterion planned to release this John Hughes comedy, just as the company had released The Breakfast Club, until someone considered the possible backlash from SJWs for the film's un-PC elements. But that's just a rumor.
While there are certainly well-made classic movies I find unappealing...The Graduate...I don't believe I've ever attempted to scold anyone else for enjoying them. I've certainly never advocated a movie be banned or censored. The idea of criminalizing a piece of art or entertainment, if only in peoples' minds, is one I find totally repellent.
Saturday Night Fever is not a polite movie. Or a feel-good buffet of sunny escapism. It's a frequently gritty slice-of-life character drama, stocked with complicated characters, illustrating some hard, uncomfortable truths.
"Is [Sean Penn] woke? Or just another stooge for the patriarchy?"
"What does [Dustin Hoffman] think he is, someone who PLAYS MAKE-BELIEVE for a living?!"