It’s back-to-school time for students everywhere, and 6-year-old Prince George is about to start classes again. “Good Morning America” aired a segment on Thursday about the future King of England’s upcoming curriculum, reporting the details of his diverse course load.
“In addition to the usual first- or 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,” Lara Spencer reported.
She went on to say with a laugh, “Prince William said Prince George absolutely loves ballet… I have news for you, Prince William, we’ll see how long that lasts.”
Lara’s comments about Prince George’s fondness for dance are being met with criticism and accusations that the anchor is “shaming” and gender stereotyping. Choreographer Brian Friedman took to Instagram to share his thoughts, saying in part in his caption, “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.”
Actor Erich Bergen tweeted, “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.”
Rosie O’Donnell shared a video where she declared, “Boys who take ballet are cool.” [https://twitter.com/Rosie/status/1164953350925889537]
Lara apologized via Instagram on Friday morning, sharing these words alongside a photo of a mountain range: “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.”
Real fam, what are your thoughts on this dance dispute?