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‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Causes Controversy on the Web

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The dance movie from 1987 starred the late Patrick Swayze as dance instructor Johnny Castle, and a very young Jennifer Grey who played Baby, a guest at a summer resort who falls for teacher.

The story was set in the Catskills in the 1960s. But the movie has since become a timeless classic: The cheesy dance numbers, Patrick Swayze's smooth moves -- on and off the dance floor -- and his unforgettable line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" cemented the film in the memories of a generation of kids from the 1980s.

So it's not surprising that a storm of controversy would quickly follow plans to remake the movie. Searches on the Web immediately spiked on "dirty dancing remake" and "dirty dancing remake cast."

Fans of the original bemoaned the news on Yahoo!. Typical comments: "Please do not remake this movie!" And this: "There is no one that could replace Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey and I mean no one." And a third: "There will never be another 'Dirty Dancing' as good as the original. I think it will do a great dis-service to Patrick Swayze by remaking this film. You can't improve on perfection." Another called the original an "American icon of romance."

But not everyone sounded so incensed. For one, "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba jumped at the chance to have her say on casting, suggesting Jennifer Grey's pro partner from season 10, Derek Hough. And for Baby: Her vote is for Lea Michele from "Glee."

But perhaps the most unlikely show of support came from the original Baby, Jennifer Grey. The now 51-year-old actress and season 10 "DWTS" winner took to Twitter to voice her approval: "I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special #DirtyDancingRemake."

Like we said: Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

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