'GMA' anchor Lara Spencer accused of 'bullying' Prince George for liking ballet: 'You should be ashamed of yourself'

Not all of America is happy with "Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer this morning.

On Thursday's episode of "GMA," Spencer presented a minute-long segment detailing Prince George's "demanding" school curriculum for the upcoming school year, and it's her reaction to the fact the the 6-year-old British royal will continue to pursue his interest in ballet that is getting backlash online.

"In addition to the usual first or second grade things, like math, science and history, the future King of England will be putting down the Play-Doh to take on religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet, among other things," she said, pausing as she, her co-anchors and the live studio audience all burst into laughter.

"He looks so happy about the ballet class!" she said sarcastically as a smiling photo of George flashed onto the screen.

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"Prince William says Prince George absolutely loves ballet," she added. "I have news for you, Prince William: We'll see how long that lasts."

As Dance Magazine pointed out, what "could have been a joke about the young prince tackling subjects that seem way above grade level" seemingly turned into a joke "patronizing" the pint-sized royal for wanting to take a dance class.

"How, in the year 2019, is this considered even remotely acceptable?" the outlet posited, accusing Spencer of "bullying a 6-year-old child. On national television. To laughter and applause."

Many others also criticized Spencer for the "despicable" segment: "There's nothing funny about a boy who dances. These athletes are strong and brave," one person tweeted. "Disappointed that this is exactly what happened on @GMA and [Lara Spencer] who shamed and laughed at Prince George for taking ballet. Time for a change."

"I was so disappointed to see the @GMA hosts making fun of Prince George for taking and enjoying ballet classes," another person wrote. "These gender stereotypes -- prescriptions for how we should behave -- limit girls and boys... and society more broadly."

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COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Prince George watches the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Princess Charlotte attends the King's Cup Regatta on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Prince George watches the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Prince George watches the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Michael Middleton and Prince George watch the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Carole Middleton, Michael Middleton and Prince George watch the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Michael Middleton and Prince George watch the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Prince George attends the King's Cup Regatta on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Michael Middleton and Prince George watch the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) reacts with her mother, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge prior to the presentation ceremony following the eight boat regatta, The King's Cup at Cowes off the south coast of England on August 8, 201 9. - The boats taking part in The Kings Cup will each represent one of the charities that are being supported this year by Their Royal Highnesses. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge having fun together after the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Prince George watches the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 9, 2019 at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, England. The royal couple are going head to head in the regatta in support of their charitable causes. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Michael Middleton and Prince George watch the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Prince George watches the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge having fun together after the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte look through a window at the prize giving after the King's Cup regatta at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge having fun together after the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the presentation following the King's Cup Regatta on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge having fun together after the inaugural King’s Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. Their Royal Highnesses hope that The King’s Cup will become an annual event bringing greater awareness to the wider benefits of sport, whilst also raising support and funds for Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, The Royal Foundation, Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity and Tusk. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the presentation following the King's Cup Regatta on August 08, 2019 in Cowes, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte and Carole Middleton (left) look through a window at the prize giving after the King's Cup regatta at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte look through a window at the prize giving after the King's Cup regatta at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Famed choreographer Brian Friedman took to Instagram to sound off on Spencer's actions, too, writing a lengthy post condemning her for laughing at George.

"See this cute face, the future King of England? This adorable boy is being shamed by a grown woman on National Television in America for taking ballet! @lara.spencer you should be ashamed of yourself as well as @gstephanopoulos for laughing along & @goodmorningamerica for letting public shaming of young boys happen!" Friedman said. "Growing up as a dancer I was bullied horribly which is exactly what this is. She is teaching the word that it is ok to laugh at boys for dancing and that is so sad. Just think about the young boys who may have seen this and could quit their passion at her expense. It infuriates me and I would appreciate everyone sharing this and forcing a public apology to Prince George, The Royal Family, all male dancers and all dancers in general for being so insensitive."

Watch the segment in question at the top of the page.

UPDATE (August 23, 3:00 p.m.): Lara Spencer took to Instagram on Friday afternoon to apologize for the controversial moment from Thursday's "Good Morning America."

"My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday," she captioned a photo of flowers. "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. Go climb your mountain-and love every minute of it."

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