After making insensitive comments about Prince George’s participation in a ballet class, Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer has publicly apologized. In a segment on the ABC morning show last week, Spencer laughed as she shared that the young royal would be taking dance in addition to other courses this school year. Now, she’s apologizing and making a genuine effort to educate herself and others.
The controversy first arose when Spencer mocked Prince George’s for enjoying his ballet classes, saying “We’ll see how long that lasts.” Her comments sparked an uprising among the dance community, who called Spencer out perpetuating the culture of bullying. Many shared emotional their emotional stories via social media, and there was even a 300-person dance class held in Times Square in protest.
This week, Spencer not only apologized but sat down with three professional dancers to learn more about the stereotypes they face as men in the industry. “The comment I made about dance was insensitive it was stupid and I am deeply sorry,” she said on GMA on Monday. “I’ve spoken with several members of the dance community over the past few days. I listened, I’ve learned about the bravery it takes for a young boy to pursue a career in dance.”
The anchor then shows a clip of her sitting down with professional dancers Robbie Fairchild, Fabrice Calmels and Travis Wall who share their experiences with bullying. They also thank Spencer for taking the opportunity to learn and grow from her mistake, and educate others in the process.