Broadway Fires Back At Lara Spencer For Laughing About Boys Taking Ballet On GOOD MORNING AMERICA
Good Morning America host Lara Spencer is at the center of a controversy revolving around her laughing at Prince George (aged 6), the future King of England, for taking ballet classes.
"Prince William said Prince George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you Prince William - we'll see how long that lasts..." the host said in a segment in which Spencer reports the "buzziest stories of the day" in Pop News. She goes on to laugh at the thought of the prince taking ballet classes.
Tony Award winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell took to Instagram to call out the program for their insensitive remarks, saying "Really? Some of us take ballet. Some of us win TONY AWARDS cus we took ballet. Miss thing, it's 2019... Get a life."
My daughter #LisaMordente @msdebbieallen & other dancers said it all. Audiences that found what you said 'funny' actually listen and apply. Not good. Wonder how #JacquesdAmboise & #baryshnikov feel? Take your job as seriously as we do ours. #BoysDanceToo @GMA @LaraSpencer 2/2- Chita Rivera (@Chita_Rivera) August 25, 2019
Ew, @LaraSpencer. That was disgusting. Dancing is an art and a sport. How dare you. You are officially cancelled- Josh Lamon (@JoshLamon) August 23, 2019
. @LaraSpencer and @GMA - how dare you laugh at Prince George taking up the art form of ballet. How dare you shame boys like this. This is why boys get bullied. You are a grown woman. You should be ashamed of yourself. I am beyond disgusted by your laughter on air.- Scott Alan (@ScottAlan) August 23, 2019
Alysha Umphress (@Cristalzheat) August 23, 2019
Julie Halston (@JulieHalston) August 23, 2019
The gag is, show me men like @MaximilienBaud & @garenscribner who are professional ballet dancers put them next to "manly men" & they will be 10x more athletic & fit than most. @LaraSpencer I'm sure you didn't mean to insult, but men can do ballet. Didn't you SEE "Billy Elliot"?- Ellyn Marsh (@ellynmarsh) August 23, 2019
@LaraSpencer Shame on you and your producers. Boys dance in the ballet. Girls are architects. Boys wear pink. Girls drive race cars. Get used it to it and stop spreading this expired gender bullshit on television. https://t.co/XJihjmSGEE- Andrew Lippa (@lippaofficial) August 23, 2019
Julia Murney (@JuliaMurney) August 23, 2019
.Dang...with @DancingABC getting Spicer in and @GMA's @LaraSpencer outright laughing this morning at Prince George taking ballet, @ABCNetwork is NAILING "The American Dream" right now! ? #murrica pic.twitter.com/mNnWxqQZFt- Keala Settle (@kealasettle) August 23, 2019
No arts education is to be laughed at. Doesn't matter if it's violin, acting, painting or ballet. It's not only instrumental to a well rounded education, but if can often save a child's life. @LaraSpencer do better.- Erich Bergen (@erichbergen) August 23, 2019
I am outraged that @LaraSpencer mocked a boy for taking ballet on @ABCNetwork. I've worked for @Disney, the parent company, & I've been so proud of my affiliation because of Disney's culture of inclusion & acceptance. appalled this boy was laughed at on @GMA. An apology is due.- Telly Leung (@tellyleung) August 23, 2019
Dear @LaraSpencer, may George's love of dance continue for his entire life.- Alexandra Silber (@alsilbs) August 23, 2019
Shame on you for so publicly shaming a child,
for diminishing the value of the arts
and above all, for solidifying FAR outdated gender "norms."
@LaraSpencer given your platform you should remember your words have power. Today you were a part of the massive problem that is bullying in this country. You're a parent, you should know better mam'. @GMA- Ariana DeBose (@ArianaDeBose) August 23, 2019
Wait, @LaraSpencer said what about ballet? I missed it but I can't wait to hear. Grrrrrr?- Tony Yazbeck (@TonyYazbeck) August 23, 2019
Dear @LaraSpencer as long as Prince George doesn't grow up to be a mocking, boorish, condescending, insensitive, sexist, child shaming, poor excuse for a 'reporter' and person, I think Prince William and The Duchess... https://t.co/27NIlAQoLr- Michael Cerveris (@cerveris) August 23, 2019
Dear @GMA ... I find @LaraSpencer response to be insensitive and her apology a cop out. Not good enough for me... is it good enough for you?? This statement needs to be made on air in the same forum she so freely judged and criticized.- Shoshana Bean (@ShoshanaBean) August 23, 2019
❤️??????❤️ Love you Zac! https://t.co/tegDksywES- Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) August 23, 2019
Man, I wish I took ballet as a six year old. Heck, I'd love to take it now as a 40 year old. Keep dancing if ya wanna dance. https://t.co/r0l9WS63zv- Ramin Karimloo (@raminkarimloo) August 23, 2019
Thought this was a fitting video to reshare this morning. Dear @lara.spencer , I'm so grateful my love for ballet or dance never died. It has been the source of some of the greatest joys in my life. It wasn't always easy growing up, but I'm so thankful I stuck with it and decided to ignore those negative comments. I hope you rethink your words next time, and encourage people doing something out of the "norm". And Prince George, I'll see you in ballet class. ❤️ #boysdancetoo
A post shared by Joshua Burrage (@joshuaburrage) on Aug 23, 2019 at 7:25am PDT
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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Dear @LaraSpencer, perhaps you've learned the golden rule today: Don't mess with the Broadway community when it comes to dancers. We are like the mafia.- Jessica Vosk (@JessicaVosk) August 23, 2019
Oh @LaraSpencer ... WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? My husband @Andy_Karl studied #dance and now has an @OlivierAwards, 3 @TheTonyAwards noms and arguably one of the most famous #deathscenes on #networktv @LawandOrderSVU1 ...not too shabby? #bigmistakebighuge- Orfeh (@official_orfeh) August 23, 2019
Check out the video of the segment, and Jerry Mitchell's response below.
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