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80s Week: Reconsidering “Dirty Dancing”

Confession time: I’ve spent most of the past couple of decades hating “Dirty Dancing”. Let’s face it—it’s a go-nowhere movie with a cheesy and incongruous 80s ending tacked on. The news songs that were written for the soundtrack sound really awful next to the classic early rock and roll featured…

The great taboo

In writing this post, I want to make one thing very clear up front: I do not like the movie “Dirty Dancing”. How could you, really? It engages in stereotypes about sexually liberated working class people (versus repressed upper middle class people), it flirts with being a musical but doesn’t…