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On Pointe

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  1. Does anyone know, is it possible for Finlay and/or his married friend to bring criminal charges against Waterbury?
  2. Balanchine borrowed the great Mary Hinkson from the Martha Graham company to dance with Arthur Mitchell. One has to wonder what might have happened if NYCB had had its own black ballerina in house back then.
  3. If I read it right, the countersuit states that Waterbury not only knew about the photos, the two of them enjoyed viewing such photos together, and she asked Finlay for similar photos of his private parts. So apparently the existence of the photos of her wasn't unknown to her and weren't taken secretly. Finlay should have gotten ahead of this story. By not doing so, he allowed her to win the PR war and paint herself as a wronged innocent instead of the bunny boiler she seems to be, according to his account of her slugging him and him having to call the police and an ambulance to ge
  4. Well that made for interesting reading, and for me, not one bit of it was a surprise.
  5. I think it's reaching big time to compare the Bolshoi acid attack with the Waterbury case. James Levine and several orchestral players were accused of far more egregious behavior than Peter Martins, but I've seen little evidence that the Met and the New York Philharmonic are considered "tainted" by their audiences. It's likely that only hard core ballet followers are still talking about Waterbury and Finlay. "The dogs bark, the caravan moves on."
  6. In my opinion, no, it didn't. It may have negatively impacted the public image of Finlay and Ramasar, but I don't believe it hurt the company's image.
  7. Chase Finlay is a grown man. However wealthy his parents may be, they are not financially responsible for his wrongdoing. Why bring up his parents without bringing up hers? Surely they could see that their daughter was flying a bit close to the sun, but they have been absent from this case. Unless the conduct affects work, or negatively impact the public image of the company, employers have no justification for meddling in the private lives of employees. There are many situations in life and work where turning a blind eye is prudent.
  8. The. Indian Matchmaker series on Netflix reveals a fascinating look at the role of colorism in Indian society. A number of western companies, like Unilever and L'Oreal, market skin lightening products in India with commercials that are very frank about the advantage of having lighter skin. I've seen a number of articles about the Waterbury case that have had a photo of Ramasar but none of Finlay or Catazaro. The media know what they are doing. More than likely Finlay and Waterbury will come to some kind of financial settlement. But even in today's climate, he shouldn't be in
  9. Ramasar is half Puerto Rican and half Trinidadian, both ethnicities that generally have some African ancestry. But realistically, nobody looks at Ramasar and sees a white guy.
  10. One could say that the attention paid to this case is exhibit A+ of white female privilege. Similar to Missing White Woman syndrome, Waterbury is the perfect subject from the point of view of the media, where disproportionate attention is paid to the travails of young, white, blonde upper middle-class females. Throw in the glamor of the ballet connection and the story is irresistible. The vilification of Amar Ramasar is the icing on the cake. While he is technically not African American, he's dark enough to fill the role of the big, hypermasculine black male threat to white womanhood
  11. But Catazaro didn't say anything about Waterbury and didn't receive or share photos of her. She included him in her filing because she was on a mission to slash and burn. Chase Finlay was the legitimate target of her anger, not Catazaro. Catazaro would be justified in suing Waterbury, for destroying his career and upending his life. He did nothing to her. Meanwhile he was saddled with legal bills that doubtless ran into the thousands. His comments should not have been posted. Catazaro's comments were about another woman. Whatever the nature of his comments - and as reported,
  12. These former MCB dancers should be lauded for their courage in being so frank about their experiences. But "I was told" only goes so far. I wish they had named their abusers, because their treatment as described was truly abusive, unprofessional and unproductive. Nobody trains and works hard for years to attain their level of expertise to be treated like trash by some small time megalomaniac. Driving dancer after dancer out of a company is just plain lousy management.
  13. Sexual assault is defined as forcing or coercing someone into sexual activity or touching without their consent. Waterbury's sexual conduct with Finlay was consensual. It was the recording of that conduct that was not consensual. In my opinion she has good and sufficient grounds for going after Finlay on that basis. But it's not sexual assault. Some of Waterbury's teen supporters told passersby outside of WSS that Amar Ramasar had sexually assaulted "someone", which is a vile misrepresentation of the case. As his attorney said, they throw around terms as if they have no real meaning,
  14. That is manifestly untrue. False accusations are made regarding every crime, and sexual assault is no different. At any rate, there is no sexual assault in the Waterbury case.
  15. Waterbury still "won". She got her revenge agsinst NYCB, SAB, and Finlay, and she punished Ramasar for apparently pretending to be her friend. She drove Catazaro out of his career with NYCB and destroyed Longhitano's business prospects and finances. Her own career got a big boost, and she got recognized by some as a young feminist icon, taking on the ballet patriarchy. Whatever, the lawyers are going to get paid, one say or another.
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