“Good Morning America” co-anchor Lara Spencer came under fire Thursday after laughing at Prince George for taking ballet lessons at school.
The broadcaster was reading out a list of the 6-year-old’s activities when she joked about the dance classes, telling Prince William after he said George loved ballet: “We’ll see how long that lasts!”
Social media users were quick to hit out at Spencer, who on Monday morning apologized on “GMA” for her comments.
“I screwed up. I did. The comment I made about dance was insensitive, it was stupid, and I am sorry. I spoke with several members of the dance community over the last few days. I have listened,” Spencer said. “I have learned about the bravery that it takes for a young boy to pursue a career in dance. And last night, I sat down with three influential dancers who lived it – firsthand.”
She added, “Words hurt. It was not my intention, but it was insensitive. I thank you all for giving me the opportunity to apologize personally to you and for you guys coming in here to sit and talk to me and to educate me. And again, I’m really sorry.”
The reporter’s TV apology came after she posted a statement on Friday on her Instagram page.
“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.”
The likes of choreographer and dancer Brian Friedman was among those slamming Spencer for her remarks.
“This adorable boy (Prince George) is being shamed by a grown woman on National Television in America for taking ballet! @lara.spencer you should be ashamed of yourself as well as @gstephanopoulos for laughing along & @goodmorningamerica for letting public shaming of young boys happen!” he wrote.
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See this cute face, the future King of England? This adorable boy is being shamed by a grown woman on National Television in America for taking ballet! @lara.spencer you should be ashamed of yourself as well as @gstephanopoulos for laughing along & @goodmorningamerica for letting public shaming of young boys happen! Growing up as a dancer I was bullied horribly which is exactly what this is. She is teaching the word 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. It infuriates me and I would appreciate everyone sharing this and forcing a public apology to Prince George, The Royal Family, all male dancers and all dancers in general for being so insensitive. #LaraSpencer #GeorgeStephanopoulos #GoodMorningAmerica #BoysDance #BoysDanceToo #DontShameMaleDancers
Dancer Willie Gomez added: “HOW IGNORANT!!!! This woman just made fun of #PrinceGeorge on national television for LIKING BALLET 👎👎👎👎👎 @goodmorningamerica @lara.spencer SO MESSED UP!! What is wrong with the boy liking ballet?”
“So You Think You Can Dance” star Travis Wall was also one of the outspoken voices against Spencer, but later revealed that after the host apologized she reached out Wall to further make amends.
“So Lara Spencer just called me on my cell phone, she got my number from Debbie Allen, and she is completely horrified and just truly just issued this massive apology,” Wall said in a video posted on his Instagram Story. “I could just hear the horror in her voice.”
“She knows that there’s a bunch of us, Broadway and a lot of the ballet community here in New York City, we’re going down to ‘Good Morning America’ on Monday morning and taking ballet class outside,” he added. “She’s aware of it and she wants to talk to all of us and she wants to set this thing straight and right. The dance community is incredible and yeah, our voices were heard, which is fantastic, so hooray!”
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