Good Morning America host Lara Spencer, 50, put her left foot in her mouth this week by mispronouncing "ballet" while offhanded mocking Prince George, 6, for reportedly loving his studies in the field.
The implication was that he would come to hate ballet once people bullied him over it.
Instead, many on social media were incensed by Spencer's mockery, and swiftly took her to task for it. On Friday, she apologized sincerely for what she said.
Legendary hoofer Mitzi Gaynor, 87 years young, added her two cents, posting a snippet of herself and a bevy of male backup dancers kicking up their heels to the Stevie Wonder (b. 1950) hit "Sir Duke" (1976) and writing:
"All the men that I had the privilege of dancing with on stage, in films & on TV, were not only amazing artists, but also skilled, disciplined, athletes. Many faced incredible obstacles, & uninformed ridicule to do what they were meant to do. It’s incomprehensible this still happens today. It must stop. Dance is art, dance is sport, and art is life. Love ya-Mitzi"
This scandal has legs if it's still inspiring people to come forward and support boys who dance — and that's more important that Lara Spencer, her true feelings, or whether or not she is trashed forever and a day. Her momentary thoughtlessness doesn't mean she's a villain, but it has led to a good outpouring of affection for the arts.
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