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'Dirty Dancing' line irks Swedish campus

Aug. 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM   |   Comments

KARLSTAD, Sweden, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The head of a Swedish university says hanging a neon quote from "Dirty Dancing" on the campus library was meant to be an inspiration.

Asa Bergenheim, rector of Karlstad University, said "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" – which was uttered by Patrick Swayze in the 1980s hit – reflected the idea that Karlstad students were not easily discouraged.

"It means that we straighten our backs and give our best -- because we are capable," Bergenheim told the Swedish daily Nya Wermsland Tidning.

The Local.se said the rector's enthusiasm wasn't shared by everyone. A Facebook thread blasted the white neon phrase with one poster calling it "the most stupid thing I have seen in ages."

But Bergenheim was not being backed into a corner, either. She indicated the work, which was paid for by a private donor, would stay.

"There are always critical voices when it the university is concerned. Words are obviously very controversial as art," she said.

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