‘Good Morning America’ Co-Host Lara Spencer Apologizes For “Insensitive” Remark About Prince George’s Ballet Classes
“My deepest apologizes for an insensitive comment I made during pop news on Thursday,” Spencer, 50, wrote on Friday in her Instagram story about her remarks concerning Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s 6-year-old son.
“From ballet, which I took as a kid, to anything in life you wish to explore, I fully believe we should all pursue our passion. Go climb your mountain ― and love every minute of it,” the anchor added.
Spencer made the joke about the young royal on Thursday’s episode of Good Morning America. After revealing Prince William said his son “loves ballet,” the co-host quipped, “I have news for you, Prince William: We’ll see how long that lasts.”
While Spencer’s co-hosts and the audience laughed at her remark, many social media users called the anchor out for what they perceived as “bullying” and perpetuating the stereotype that ballet is for girls and not boys.
“Thanks for shaming Prince George for his interest in ballet and perpetuating the toxic view that boys/men shouldn’t dance or be interested in the arts,” wrote one user. “You suck.”
“There’s nothing funny about a boy who dances,” another tweeted. “These athletes are strong and brave.”
Hey, @GMA thanks for shaming Prince George for his interest in ballet and perpetuating the toxic view that boys/men shouldn’t dance or be interested in the arts. You suck. @LaraSpencer I’m disappointed. pic.twitter.com/5iyZPrkUQI
— Rachel Tegtmeier (@rmt324) August 23, 2019
I was so disappointed to see the @GMA hosts making fun of Prince George for taking and enjoying ballet classes.
— Amy Cuddy (@amyjccuddy) August 23, 2019
There’s nothing funny about a boy who dances. These athletes are strong and brave. Disappointed that this is exactly what happened on @GMA and #laraspencer who shamed and laughed at Prince George for taking ballet. Time for a change. #heartofaboy pic.twitter.com/SU47q9zr4z
— kate t. parker (@ktparkerphoto) August 23, 2019
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
Many users also pointed to studies that have revealed boys who dance ballet are often victims of verbal or physical harassment.
Prince George will also reportedly take courses in math, science, history, computer programming, religious studies and poetry.
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