Visions of Sugar Plums

THIS is Jenifer Ringer.  FAT Jenifer Ringer…….or so says New York Times ballet critic Alastair MaCaulay.

Ms. Ringer is in the New York City Ballet’s production of the perennial Christmas favorite “The Nutcrtacker”.  Mr. MaCaulay singled this dancer out of his review of this production, claiming that Ms. Ringer looked like she had eaten “one sugarplum too many”.

Ms. Ringer appeared on The Today Show to respond to his fat critique, and claimed that her body is part of her art form, and therefore is there to be criticized.  As such, she defends MaCaulay’s right to critique not only her art of dance, but her appearance as well, and refuses to demand/ask for an apology.

Seems to me that Ms. Ringer may be as big an idiot as Mr. MaCaulay, in defending a man who uses a physical aesthetic likely unique to him in evaluating performing arts.

Ms. Ringer, who is 37 years old, has suffered from both anorexia as well as compulsive eating disorder.  Again, according to the noted ballet critic “if you want to make your appearance irrelevant to criticism, do not choose ballet as a career”.

I think that most of us can agree that Ms. Ringer is far from fat.  This is a fat ballerina from Russia’s “Big Ballet”

I think we can all agree that she is fat, yet after research on the net, I couldn’t find ONE criticism of “The Big Ballet”.  And we thought the Russians were so far behind us in social evolution.

I don’t know…..maybe I’m dumb, but I’ve seen lots of different art in my lifetime that have glorified what I’ve considered to be fat women.  Ever see a Botero?  Folk art from the Dominican Republic?  How about a painting from Rubens?  I could go on and on.  Pardon my ignorance, but did the critics of the time also bash the models used for these works of art?  When did it change that it was somehow okay to do that, to demean a person who already has body image issues, as if he’s the final arbiter of what’s fat and what is not?  Par for the course, the New York Times is backing their “critic”.

The weight controversy comes as Natalie Portman is publicising her film ‘The Black Swan’ and discussing her 20lb weight loss to inhabit the role of a top ballerina.

Portman recently came to Ringer’s defense when asked about the controversy.

‘In what other field is it acceptable to judge artists by how big they are? It was just amazing all of the pressure on dancers to starve themselves.’

Seems to me that Mr. MaCaulay has not garnered much support from others in the art, or in media for that matter.  Read this comment from Jennifer Edwards in the Huffington Post:


More important, read this comment from Phil Varlese, who has NO credentials, but is highly qualified to editorialize on douchenozzles, who says the following:

Mr. MaCaulay, you are a first class douchenozzle when it comes not only to ballet critics, but in general.  When I see a movie, or watch television, I never look at the physical “aesthetic” in judging one’s acting ability, or in how I view a movie or show overall.  The world is made up of many types of people, fat, thin, tall, short, bald, and of many different colors.  Would you be equally critical in saying the Sugar Plum Fairy would be wrong if she was black, and didn’t meet your physical “ideal” in your simple mind?  Please spare me with your reviews, and I’ll spare the douchenozzle analogy.
Oh, and here’s a picture of Mr. MaCauley.  Only thing fat about him is his head.


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