New York City Ballet dancer Jenifer Ringer appeared on the Today Show this morning to respond to a comment made about her weight in a recent NY Times review of her performance in The Nutcracker. The quip heard round the internet, dance critic Alastair Macaulay's comment that RInger looked like "she'd eaten one sugar plum too many" has been vilified, but has gone un-apologized for. Macaulay responded to the uproar with a follow up in the NY Times defending his decision to comment on the dancer's body under the justification that if you'd rather not be critiqued on your body, don't enter the world of dance.
The justification Macaulay makes is not a new one and this issue has been raised before in dance criticism. However, the dance-world and media uproar about his criticism also derive from the fact that Ringer had previously been very open about her eating disorders in the past, having admitted to overeating and anorexia. On this morning's Today Show, Ringer paid a visit to reply to this issue in person as well as to discuss the aesthetic of an ideal ballet dancer's body, especially as highlighted by Natalie Portman's shocking weight loss for Black Swan.