Alastair Macaulay recently came under fire for his review of The Nutcracker in the NY Times where he made a remark about the weight of one of the ballerinas, saying that Jennifer Ringer “looked as if she’d eaten one sugar plum too many.”
Why he doesn’t have to apologize: (or why he doesn’t think he needs to)
*He was comparing her body to other ballerinas’.
*He claims that ballerinas have been judged based on their appearance for years.
*The body is on display in ballet, so its open to criticism.
While personally, I think his opinion was harsh and uncalled for, Macaulay is a critic and is entitled to his own opinion. Though young ballerinas are listening and might think about their own bodies negatively because of his comments, is that his responsibility?