While You Were on Vacation, the Pennsylvania Ballet Got a Sick Burn on the Eagles

“No, the Eagles have not played like they were wearing tutus.”

Photo: Pennsylvania Ballet Facebook page.

Photo: Pennsylvania Ballet Facebook page.

Memo from the Pennsylvania Ballet to the Philadelphia Eagles: Man up.

The Eagles’ season of turmoil ended — thankfully — on Sunday afternoon with a win over the Giants, but not before Coach Chip Kelly was fired, and also not before taking a really sick burn from the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Here’s the message the ballet — which is under new artistic direction by famed dancer Angel Correa this season — sent out on Facebook on Wednesday:

A Facebook user recently commented that the Eagles had “played like they were wearing tutus!!!”

Our response:

“With all due respect to the Eagles, let’s take a minute to look at what our tutu wearing women have done this month:

By tomorrow afternoon, the ballerinas that wear tutus at Pennsylvania Ballet will have performed The Nutcracker 27 times in 21 days. Some of those women have performed the Snow scene and the Waltz of the Flowers without an understudy or second cast. No ‘second string’ to come in and spell them when they needed a break. When they have been sick they have come to the theater, put on make up and costume, smiled and performed. When they have felt an injury in the middle of a show there have been no injury timeouts. They have kept smiling, finished their job, bowed, left the stage, and then dealt with what hurts. Some of these tutu wearers have been tossed into a new position with only a moments notice. That’s like a cornerback being told at halftime that they’re going to play wide receiver for the second half, but they need to make sure that no one can tell they’ve never played wide receiver before. They have done all of this with such artistry and grace that audience after audience has clapped and cheered (no Boo Birds at the Academy) and the Philadelphia Inquirer has said this production looks “better than ever”.

So no, the Eagles have not played like they were wearing tutus. If they had, Chip Kelly would still be a head coach and we’d all be looking forward to the playoffs.”

Happy New Year!

As of Monday noon, the status had been shared more than 12,000 times — and “liked” more than 22,000 times

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  • Jason Jehosephat

    Uh huh … and while they were performing in their tutus, I’m sure those ballerinas were graceful and delicate, which is not how you want to see the Eagles performing when they’re on the field. The comment carried no implication that what ballet dancers do is easy. Therefore, the diatribe is in response to an imaginary offense.

    • Renee Fisher

      One can be graceful and move delicately only if one possesses tremendous strength and discipline.
      And it’s clear that “playing like they wore tutus” was intended in a derogatory manner.

      • Jason Jehosephat

        “One can be graceful and move delicately only if one possesses tremendous strength and discipline.” Yes, and? As you just acknowledged, they are graceful and move delicately. So what is the problem with the comparison that was based on the fact that they dance gracefully and delicately? Where did you see any denial of the effort, talent, and strength that go into that grace and delicacy?

    • Summer39

      Do you know that many football players have studied ballet in order to improve balance and agility?? And many of those men say ballet is more difficult than football.

      • Jason Jehosephat

        You’re clearly determined to make this be about something other than the remark that was made. You have to realize how pointless your argumentation is when I *agree* with you about everything that’s being said about what goes into being either a successful ballerina or a successful football player–and yet it doesn’t justify your response because none of it has to do with the comment that this discussion is pretending to be about.

        • Summer39

          Actually I’m not determined to do anything except ask if you knew that bit of trivia. I really don’t care if my response is justified or not.

  • Cyn-bad

    Imaginary offense? Hardly. The comment didn’t say that the Eagles
    played like ballet dancers (which would include men), it said that the
    Eagles played like they were wearing tutus. The implication was that
    the Eagles played like women and that somehow, women lack strength.
    This response by the PA Ballet was right on point…no pun intended.

  • Johnny Domino

    Some days a guy just wants to feel pretty, is that so wrong?