Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer has apologized for a comment she made on-air Thursday about little Prince George taking ballet, but the sorry won’t erase some harsh social media takedowns coming from stars of Hollywood and Broadway. “Darling,” said actress-dancer-producer Debbie Allen in a video message, “you’re not on Saturday Night Live.”
Broadway choreographer and director Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Pretty Woman) responded with an instant classic of his own: “Laura, really? Some of us take ballet. Some of us win Tony Awards because we took ballet. Miss Thing, it’s 2019! Get a life!”
See those responses below, along with messages from Rosie O’Donnell, Broadway’s Tony Yazbeck and Michael Cerveris, Dancing with the Stars veteran Derek Hough and So You Think You Can Dance‘s Travis Wall, among others.
Spencer drew the ire after making a comment during the Thursday segment in which she talked about Prince George’s demanding curriculum, suggesting it was more like a college program.
“In addition to the usual first- and second-grade things like math, science and history, the future King of England will be putting down the Play-Doh to take on religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet, among other things,” Spencer said, pausing and prompting laughter from the audience. “Prince William says Prince George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you, Prince William: We’ll see how long that lasts. I mean, he might! He might end up … Between the religious studies and the computer programming, I just want to go back to the Play-Doh!” You can watch the video above.
No surprise, Spencer got some swift social media backlash, with some calling her a bully and many sensing a “boys don’t dance” mocking tone to her remarks.
The dancing community took special note, with Hough expressing disappointment on Instagram. “For a brief moment it brought up old unpleasant memories of being mocked and laughed at for being a boy who danced…”
Spencer responded today with her Instagram apology.
“My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday. 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,” Spencer wrote.
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DEAR @lara.spencer of GOOD MORNING AMERICA. I have a message for you. Wake up. It’s 2019. Get with the program. Please share and repost this so a boy who needs to see this feels supported if he dances or wants to! #boysdancetoo #ballet #goodmorningamerica #traviswall #laraspencer #bully
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