Lara Spencer, co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America," apologized on Friday after social media outrage broke out as she was about to include ballet in the curriculum of 6-year-old Prince George School year made fun In the morning show on Thursday Spencer listed what the young British king would learn when he returns to school in the fall.
"In addition to the usual first- or second-grade items such as math, science and history, the future King of England will use the Play-Doh among other things for religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet," she said.
Her focus was on the word "ballet" and the studio audience was filled with laughter.
"They could not contain … oh, he looks so happy about the ballet class," said Spencer, laughing, as a picture of Prince George smiling ear to ear. On the screen wearing a football jersey appeared.
The audience ce and their co-hosts responded with more laughter.
"Prince William says Prince George absolutely loves ballet," she added. "I have news for you, Prince William: we'll see how long that will take."
The studio audience broke out in applause and co-host George Stephanopoulos replied, "Good for him."
Spencer, 50 "I sincerely apologize for an insensitive comment I made yesterday in the pop news," she wrote. "From ballet to anything you want to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT, I strongly believe that we should all be free to pursue our passions, climb your mountain and love every minute of it. "
Criticism of Spencer's comments came quickly after the segment aired and many expressed disappointment in their comments on Friday afternoon. The actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell posted a video on Twitter and asked Spencer: "Seriously, laughing about guys who take ballet on Channel 7 ABC ̵
"It's ridiculous, it's like bullying on national television, "said O & # 39; Donnell.
"Guys who take ballet are cool … come on!" Said Donnell, who founded Rosie's Theater Kids, doing dance, theater and acting training at public schools in New York City supports.
"Ew, @LaraSpencer ." That was disgusting, "Josh Lamon, the star in the Tony-nominated musical" The Prom ", wrote on Twitter . "Dancing is an art and a sport, how dare you, you're officially canceled."
Choreographer Brian Friedman, who worked with Cher and Beyoncé, went on Instagram to share his thoughts on Spencer's comments.
"Growing up as a dancer, I was terribly bullied, which is exactly what it is, and it teaches the world that it's okay to laugh at boys for dancing, and that's so sad, just think of the boys who do this and could give up their passion at their expense, "he wrote.
"I could praise the many benefits dance training has for every human being, not to mention one who becomes head of state," Courtney wrote Escoyne in Dance Magazine. "But the thing is, I doubt Spencer is interested in what this is really about is bullying, because that's what we just saw: an adult woman bullying a 6-year-old child on national television Applause." 19659002] Prince George is the eldest child of Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
A spokesman for "Good Morning America" did not respond immediately to a request for comment.