Jenifer Ringer: Ballerina speaks out on 'one sugar plum too many' critique
Ringer, 37, says, "I'm not overweight. I do have, I guess, a more womanly type than the stereotypical ballerina." Ringer, who has been very open about her past struggles with overeating and anorexia, is not asking for an apology from Macaulay. "It's his opinion," she says. "He is a critic and he's paid to put his opinion in the paper."
While she doesn't want an apology, Ringer admits it was hard to read the harsh criticism. "It's embarrassing to see something bad written about yourself in print," she says. "It did make me feel bad about myself, but I really had to tell myself it was one person's opinion out of the 2,000 that were there that night." She adds, "I was able to move forward from it."
After the backlash, Macaulay published a follow-up column, which basically served to make matters even worse when he stood his ground: "If you want to make your appearance irrelevant to criticism, do not choose ballet as a career. The body in ballet becomes a subject of the keenest observation and the most intense discussion. I am severe -- but ballet, as dancers know, is more so.''
Here's the video of Ringer's "Today" appearance: