Dozens of male dancers have gathered outside of Good Morning America’s New York City studio in the hopes of turning Lara Spencer’s negative comments about boys who take dance classes into something positive.
A group of professional male dancers and others assembled in Times Square on Monday morning, in a spot that would likely be visible from inside the Good Morning America studio. There, they taught a dance class for boys and girls, presumably in an effort to buck the harmful, sexist stereotypes Spencer perpetuated last week in a segment about Prince George taking ballet classes.
“In response to Lara Spencer’s harmful mocking of young boys (in this case, Prince George) who enjoy taking ballet classes, a group of professional male dancers led a class for boys and girls outside the Good Morning America studio this morning,” tweeted Netflix social media manager Jarett Weiselman, along with a photo of the male dancers assembled in Times Square. “A lovely sight to wake up to.”
In response to @LaraSpencer’s harmful mocking of a young boys (in this case, Prince George) who enjoy taking ballet classes, a group of professional male dancers led a class for boys and girls outside the @GMA studio this morning — a lovely sight to wake up to #BoysDanceToo pic.twitter.com/uqh7qLhNI8
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) August 26, 2019
On Friday, Good Morning America aired a segment about Prince George’s school curriculum, which included ballet lessons. The studio audience laughed at the mention of ballet, as did Spencer.
"We'll see how long that lasts," she said, before laughing again.
Following outcry from the dance community and members of the general public, Spencer issued an apology for her “insensitive” comments on Saturday.
“My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday,” the Good Morning America host wrote in an Instagram post. “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.”
Two days later, Spencer apologized on air.
“I screwed up,” she said Monday morning, per Deadline. “The comment I made about dance was insensitive, it was stupid, and I am deeply sorry… I have listened, I have learned about the bravery it takes for a young boy to pursue a career in dance.”