It's like the guy who wants to race his powerful new sports car up the street past his neighbors' houses to demonstrate how he can fire it from 0 to 100 mph in 5 seconds, but he doesn't consider that he has kids sitting in the back seat.
H.H. was alerted to this today when we got this message from a reader:
I follow Lauren Lovette on Instagram and her latest post of her in a thong leotard while showing side boob left me speechless. I went on the photographer's account and it seems dancers at NYCB and ABT have jumped on the Misty bandwagon of posing in underwear or very little clothing.
I'm no prude and I can acknowledge that the photographer is talented, the dancers have amazing bodies from the years of training and that they are all adults. However, these photos are what I would consider to be the type that a dancer might want for their own home or private viewing or for the photographer to show in a gallery as a series on dancers, etc.
The fact that it's all over Instagram and is accessible to a young impressionable audience (especially young girls), disturbs me. I hope up and coming dancers don't think this is the wave of the future and it's how they need to promote themselves.
Others have expressed similar disappointment today.
We wonder how many SAB girls are standing in front of their dorm room mirrors, hiking up their leotards into the cracks of their asses, stripping away their clothing in order to practice their Lauren poses and their Misty poses and then snapping pictures to send to friends or load into Snapchat or Instagram.
The fact that it is entirely possible to send these images privately to groups of friends, but the dancers have chosen to broadcast them to all age groups demonstrates even more irresponsibility. Not only that, but they "properly" credit the photographer with a link to his professional IG page which reveals that he mixes in photos of children posing like the dancers, leotard- or bikini-clad, and identifies them by name. Hello, Social Services?
All of the poses in these pictures have been previously caught on camera hundreds of times over the years. There is nothing either imaginative, original, or creative about the composition of the images. Their novelty rests 100% on exposing the tits and asses of the women or making it clear that the ballerinas were willing to take their clothes off for the photographer.
Is it really much different than this?
We hope that the ladies were compensated handsomely for their time and their parts. Or maybe they're just waiting for Gia Kourlas to give them a call to include them in another one of her inane wastes of space on the culture page about how real super-cool ballet dancers are off-stage.
Honestly, we never thought we'd see the day when Donald Trump appeared in H.H.