Lara Spencer, a news anchor on Good Morning America, caused an uproar last week when she laughed and joked about the U.K.’s six-year-old Prince George taking a ballet class, saying sarcastically “I have news for you Prince William, we’ll see how long that lasts.”
lara spencer = 🤡
— alex ♡ (@skeet_itsalex) August 24, 2019
Needless to say people weren’t pleased with Spencer’s dismissiveness and apparent shaming of boys who dance and they weren’t shy about saying so.
Shame on Lara Spencer and GMA for the shaming and mocking of young Prince George for liking ballet. I am outraged as a professional dancer and dance teacher. I am also not surprised. It all starts from the top. Making fun of and bullying is now sadly normalized.
— Steph (@s_w891) August 23, 2019
Lara Spencer on @GMA mocked a 6-year old Prince George of the UK for taking ballet class. It shows that “toxic masculinity” can be spread viciously by insensitive women, too. As a fellow “George” and a lover of dance, I am very troubled and disappointed by her actions.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 23, 2019
Really Lara Spencer? What is wrong with ballet for boys? Are we really still at an age where we need to making fun of boys who dance? This just perpetuates the stereotype!!! Shame on you for being so shallow minded! And shame on GMA for allowing this sort of behavior!!
— Ali Jaramillo (@aligoaty) August 23, 2019
— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) August 23, 2019
The response was swift and well choreographed.
Rallying under the hashtag #BoysDanceToo, hundreds of male ballet dancers of all ages took over New York City’s Times Square on Monday to show off their skills and to send the positive message that dance is for everyone.
Hundreds of ballet boys take to Times Square for a mass ballet class in response to ABC news anchors criticism of male dancers.
Dance is for everyone. Ballet is for everyone. pic.twitter.com/X15DeFo8mM
— The Actors Pad (@TheActorsPad) August 27, 2019
— Miss Burlington PE (@thePEdiary) August 26, 2019
Spencer apologized on the air, saying she “screwed up” and calling her comment “insensitive” and “stupid.” She also did an interview with three male dancers to learn more about the challenges they’ve faced as dancers in a world where people still hold outdated stereotypes about gender roles.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 26, 2019
Many of Spencer’s critics thanked her for her apology a welcomed the necessary conversation the incident had sparked…not to mention the dancing.
— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) August 26, 2019
Sharing this photo from @JarettSays, because while I’m seeing stories about @LaraSpencer’s apology, I’m seeing few images of the dancers who gathered in Times Square to make clear that #BoysDanceToo. They are heroes. Wish I could have been there (to watch). pic.twitter.com/fb9RCZzjQt
— Howard Sherman (@HESherman) August 26, 2019
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