NYC ballerina Jennifer Ringer responded to criticism of her body made by critic Alastair Macaulay. He accused her of looking like “she’d eaten one sugar plum too many.” Way to encourage her fight with anorexia.
Jennifer Ringer chose to respond to Macaulay’s body criticism on the Today show earlier today. He defended himself in a New York Times followup article saying dancers should expect to be critiqued for their figures. Of course, a valid criticism of Jennifer Ringer might make more sense, but he couldn’t let that stop him from reacting to her body.
Jennifer Ringer’s response to the body criticism she received also comes along during talk about Natalie Portman’s severe weight loss to portray the lead in Black Swan. Portman was always small, but she dropped 20 pounds for the part.
Video of Jennifer Ringer responding to body criticism on Today show
Jennifer Ringer’s response to Macaulay’s criticism about her body touched on her struggles with anorexia but made apologies for ballet’s emphasis on small frames and light bodies.
Jennifer Ringer was right about how ballet dancers have to stay healthy while being thin, but she thinks “womanly” bodies have small breasts and no discernible waistline. Nobody outside of ballet would say something that silly.
Alastair Macaulay’s criticism of Jennifer Ringer’s body has received a more vicious response on the Internet than Ringer herself provided. She wants no apology from him. But she’s complicit in the system he highlights, so why would she?
A stronger response from Jennifer Ringer about criticism of dancers’ bodies probably isn’t possible. She’s stuck in the system. Whether ballet would suffer to have dancers with actual curves is never even thought about in her world.
And while petite, slim dancers like Jennifer Ringer receive criticism about their bodies from seat-potato critics like Alastair Macaulay, taller dancers with talent can get ignored and belittled. A shame, don’t you think?
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