US TV host Lara Spencer has come under fire for laughing on Prince George’s curriculum which includes ballet lessons. On Friday, the Good Morning America show aired a segment discussing the six-year-old royal’s school curriculum and activities, which included ballet lessons.
“In addition to the usual 1st or 2nd-grade things like Math, Science and History, the future king of England will be putting down the PlayDough to take on religious studies, computer programing, poetry and ballet among other things,” Spencer said on Good Morning America, as laughter filled the studio. “Prince William says George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you Prince William, we’ll see how long that lasts.”
The internet was quick to call out Spencer for her “insensitive comments,” while some labeled them as “bullying” a boy for enjoying ballet. American dancer Brian Friedman who has created choreography for popular artists such as Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and Cher, wrote in an Instagram post: “Growing up as a dancer I was bullied horribly which is exactly what this is.”
“She is teaching the world that it is ok to laugh at boys for dancing and that is so sad. Just think about the young boys who may have seen this and could quit their passion at her expense.”
Former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and a guest artist with The Royal Ballet, Wendy Whelan also took to Instagram to share her thoughts Spencer’s comments — “In response to @goodmorningamerica …. @lara.spencer mocking of Prince George was SUCH an embarrassment of ignorance and a telltale signal of all that’s wrong with our backwards thinking in the USA …. that reinforcement of gender stereotypes and toxic masculinity HAS GOT TO STOP! Times are changing – when will @goodmorningamerica Catch Up with the rest of us?”
Spencer later apologized on Instagram. “My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday,” she wrote. “From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT. I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. Go climb your mountain – and love every minute of it.”