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In Trending News – GMA Host Lara Spencer Causes Outrage After Mocking Prince George’s Ballet Classes
People want the deets on the royal kids. While the media frequently takes shots at the more outlandish behavior of the adult members of the royal family, one American newscaster drew ire when she took a pot-shot at Prince George, the eldest son of Prince William & his wife Kate (formerly Middleton), the Duchess of Cambridge.
Lara Spencer, the co-host of Good Morning America, generated a storm of controversy when she poked fun at the idea of Prince George taking ballet lessons in school in the upcoming school year.
In the brief segment, Spencer explained that the details of Prince George’s curriculum for the new school year at St.Thomas’s Battersea school have been released publicly.
The 6-year-old is in for a pretty intense academic workload; in addition to the standard school subjects, he’s also going to be taking computer programming, poetry, religious studies, and performance dance (ballet).
While a well-rounded education is typically something to be celebrated, Lara Spencer basically ridiculed the idea that Prince George would actually enjoy taking ballet lessons.
Prince William, Prince George’s father, commented that thus far George has been enjoying it.
It was Lara Spencer’s response to Prince William’s remark that has drawn such ire:
Prince William said Prince George absolutely loves ballet…I have news for you Prince William, we’ll see how long that lasts.
Spencer chuckled after making the remark, causing the studio audience to laugh along.
While her comment was a brief one, her meaning was clear: it would only be a matter of time before Prince George was old enough to realize that boys shouldn’t enjoy ballet.
When Spencer made her comment, it was on a national news channel (ABC). She was representing mainstream media in that moment. Her teasing was broadcast to millions of people, making a mockery of the very idea that any boy -in this case, a specific CHILD- could actually love ballet.
Spencer did apologize, though some critics felt that an on-camera statement would have been more appropriate given the massive audience scope. Spencer instead took to her Instagram account to issue the following words:
My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday. From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT. I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions.
While some people perceive Lara Spencer’s comment as “no big deal”, the reality is that it’s not merely the words, but the attitude behind it, that is a huge problem.
It’s a perpetuation of the toxic masculinity argument: men should be “manly” men, period. A “real” man wouldn’t be caught dead dancing in a ballet class. Dancing is for girls.
But men are a vital part of the performing arts industry, as well they should be. Male ballet dancers are just as integral a part of a performance as female, and should not be teased for doing so. It’s important to build up children that are exploring their talents & passions, not tear them down with ridicule.
Whether Prince George pursues ballet in the future remains to be seen, but the choice should be one made based on his interest in the subject, not overbearing public opinion. Because after all, #boyscandancetoo. And they should, without fear of being mocked.
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Parenting Crap – 23 yr old falls off balcony, breaks 110 bones in extreme yoga pose
Yoga often involves relaxing music, meditation and a comforting environment like a beach or spa. But, Alexa Terrazas from Chihuahua, Mexico, seemingly wanted none of those things, attempting ‘extreme yoga’ while hanging off the side of a balcony.
Moments after a photo was taken of the 23-year-old hanging upside-down, she fell 25-metres and broke 110 bones.
LLEVA AL EXTREMO
PRÁCTICA DEL YOGA
Al practicar un tipo de yoga al extremo, una joven de San Pedro cayó desde el balcón de su depa a 25 metros de altura.
Alexa Terrazas tiene 110 huesos rotos. Le tienen que reconstruir tobillos, rodillas, cara etc. y no caminará en 3 años. pic.twitter.com/0ftoHPcMCa
— JavoRayado (@javierehdz) August 27, 2019
The college student, who was living in the Mexican state of Nuevo León, was known to practice extreme poses on her balcony, reports the El Imparcial. Terrazas is lucky to be alive after hitting the pavement and suffering fractures to all her limbs and head. After 11 hours of surgery, her legs were “rebuilt” and doctors believe it may be three years until she can walk again.
Authorities told El Imparcial that the only reason for the fall is an accident, as the balcony and rail are structurally sound. Reactions on social media to Terrazas’ fall and injuries have not been entirely sympathetic. “Definitely a strong contestant for the 2019 Darwin award”, wrote one Twitter user.
This woman’s fall has many people talking about chasing potentially dangerous and taboo stunts for social media, like taking photos at Chernobyl to sharing pictures at a toxic lake in Russia.
Some have taken their social media accounts to the extreme, by scaling buildings or hanging off bridges.
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In Love and Marriage – 15 Best Things About Being Married That Only Wedded Couples Understand
There’s nothing like being married! Yes, marriage is work, but with just the right amount of effort from both parties, coupled with love and a willingness to go the distance, a marriage can be blissful from the moment you say “I do” to the time both of you are old, sitting in rocking chairs, holding hands and reflecting on the moments in your life that mattered most to you.
1. You get to share everything.
When the two of you come together, what used to be “mine”, now becomes “ours”. You learn to be around one another in a new space, and you grow to understand that everything in a marriage is about each other. From the food you eat to the toothpaste you use, all of it belongs to both of you.
2. You learn that all marriages have their ups and downs, but the laughs along the way are the most fulfilling.
Will Smith said it best: “If you can be yourselves around each other, 100% of the time, and they can make you laugh like no one else can, you’ll never have a dull moment together.” Yes, stressful moments are a part of life, but the good thing is, you have each other to make it through. You’ll look back and see how far you’ve come and laugh at those times because you’ll realize it wasn’t as serious as you thought.
3. You have the greatest shopping partner and a true ride-or-die.
Believe it or not, but your mate is the one that will see you more than any other person. And regardless of how you think you look, he thinks you are the best thing since sliced bread. He will tell you the truth about what’s hot and what’s not! I can attest to having an awesome time with my husband, no matter what we do or where we go. He will pick out my clothes and be with me for hours at the mall and not complain. When married, you get to learn so much about each other’s personality, likes and dislikes, sense of fashion, and what they are willing to do for you, when others won’t.
4. You get to build a legacy for your children.
You and your spouse get the distinct responsibility to raise your children with morals and values that will sustain them throughout life. You also get the chance to leave a mark on them that cannot be erased. You, as a couple, get to start immediately with identifying the things you want for your children and create opportunities that will allow your children to carry the mission and vision of your family for years to come.
5. You get to study your mate throughout your marriage.
There are many that feel that you have to date your mate for years in order to learn all you can about that person. While that may be true, you need to understand that there’s no way to figure a person out in three or four years compared to the lifetime you will spend with that person once married. Each day is a learning experience with your spouse. Take the time, because time is definitely on your side as long as you are married.
6. You get to see them for who they really are before others do.
When they wake up in the morning with hair out of place and morning breath, you are there to observe it. However, that is when the beauty of the person you married truly shines through. If you have to have a person who is always dressed to the nines and in make-up or your favorite cologne, then others are only looking at your surface. As a married couple, you find that it’s much deeper than that.
7. You get to date your spouse every day.
Just because you go to the altar doesn’t mean dating stops! It should only increase and get better! My husband and I love to be spontaneous about where we go and what we do together. It’s not uncommon that we meet up at new places for lunch, or take the time during the day when most people work and go play golf. Each time we do, we know it’s another chance to date and share our love as well as our pastimes.
8. You get to work together to solve problems.
No one person has to be concerned about circumstances that many times are beyond his or her control. Two heads are better than one. When you come together to solve problems, it takes the weight off of one another. Also consulting a higher power other than yourselves keeps things in perspective for your household and family.
9. You get to experience true levels of intimacy, other than just sex.
With the work of caring for kids, working a 9 to 5, cooking, cleaning, doing chores, after school activities, and handling different affairs, I know that sex may be last on the list at times. However, in between time, there are other things that married couples do that still shows intimacy. We find time to talk, hug, kiss, and be vulnerable towards each other. Those things will let your spouse know how much you care.
10. You get to be on the same team.
No one likes to feel that they are alone in a marriage. However, having a spouse that comforts you, cheers you on, and celebrates your accomplishments means that despite what others think, he or she will always work in harmony with you, not against you.
11. You get to turn the flame up in your marriage.
What better way to know your mate than to learn what keeps them attracted to you. My grandmother always used to say, “Whatever you do to get that man is the same thing you do to keep that man!” She was so right. Whether it’s role play, foreplay, or stay and play, do it! Obviously, that’s what he or she fell in love with!
12. You keep honesty and integrity the focal point of your marriage dealings.
Trust is the foundation of any marriage. Honesty and integrity must be present so each person is comfortable in the decisions of the other because both parties are always in agreement.
13. You get to find out the true purpose of your marriage.
The purpose of your marriage is to always hold each other in high regard and to defend the sanctity of your marriage at all times. No relationship fires can stop what has been blessed. That is a marriage based on purpose and one that will last a lifetime.
14. You understand that giving is a two-way street.
Giving is the ultimate sacrifice. It comes from the heart and shows you are selfless. There’s no “I” and “my” but “us” and “we”. When you give to your spouse, it comes from a healthy place inside that says “what I have belongs to you”. No other person gets that privilege quite like your spouse.
15. You get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend.
Who could ask for more?
Not really a comment bit 7 is what I think of as being a BAD year 7 year ich.is it a thing or Not? I really think it is.my late husband did i have a few friend same for them.i was almost 19 years married then he past away heart atta.very inspected and you do miss them I guess for always
You 2 need your own morning show, would love to see you guys. Hopefully the “VIEW” gets cut??