You don’t mess with perfection people, a lesson the folks at ABC network in the U.S are quickly learning. Earlier this week, the channel aired a TV reimagining of Dirty Dancing and Twitter users have their pitchforks ready for an uprising.
It was bad. And when I say bad, I mean fucking terrible.
The cinematic blasphemy took the form of a three-hour TV special and starring Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes in the leading roles, alongside Sarah Hyland, Debra Messing and Nicole Scherzinger. Messing told PEOPLE Magazine re: the remake,
“This isn’t a replica of the original. This takes some liberties. It has the DNA of the original, but you are going to find out what happened to Baby and Johnny after that summer ended. So there’s some additional surprises in there that are new.”
Not only did they muck around with the story, a large slab of the criticism was that the movie cast actors that can’t actually dance. Whoops! With leads Breslin and Prattes not coming close to filling the iconic shoes of the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. It was just weird AF casting.
The TV movie was pretty much universally hated and Twitter got SAVAGE.
Here’s some of Twitter’s funniest reactions:
sure the world is split from politics and racism, but at least we're all coming together to hate the #DirtyDancing remake
— arina (@arinagami) May 25, 2017
Reading all the tweets about the Dirty Dancing Remake and from what I can tell no one had the time of their lives 💃🏻🕺🏼#DirtyDancing
— Kiana (@kiana_wicks) May 26, 2017
This movie is so bad, Baby wanted to stay in the corner. #DirtyDancing
— Emily Letterman (@EmilyLetterman) May 26, 2017
— Angie Reese Mudd (@AngieMudd) May 25, 2017
#DirtyDancing dear Patrick Swayze we are sincerely sorry. Love, 2017.
— alli (@itsmealleee) May 25, 2017
— Charles Battle (@cbattle2) May 25, 2017
I'd like to state for the record that I feel personally offended and victimized by the Dirty Dancing remake #DirtyDancing
— Emily (@frenchieblogs) May 25, 2017
Please DO NOT do a Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles remake. After #DirtyDancing I don't think I can handle it!
— Abra Van Riemsdyk (@abra_van) May 25, 2017
— Cassie Dominguez (@CassieAshleyD) May 25, 2017
If ABC was smart, they'd run the original #DirtyDancing the next three nights in primetime without commercials, as penance for their crimes.
— Justin Schillo (@mordock57) May 25, 2017
— Raul A. Ortiz Jr (@RaulAOrtizJr) May 25, 2017
Somebody needs to put this whole movie in the corner…. #DirtyDancing
— Joe Dillard (@JoeDillrd) May 25, 2017
ABC go stand in the corner and think about what you have done. #DirtyDancing
— Jen (@JenCollins18) May 25, 2017
I think Dirty Dancing OG Kelly Bishop said it best:
— Michael Ausiello (@MichaelAusiello) May 25, 2017