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Russian Holocaust ice-skating routine slammed as 'unbelievably tasteless'

Posted by on Nov. 28, 2016 at 11:43 AM
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I can understand why people are upset....

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(CNN)A Holocaust-themed ice skating routine on a Russian reality television show, involving the wife of a high-level aide to President Vladimir Putin, has sparked outrage around the world.

The act was based on the award-winning 1997 Italian film, "Life is Beautiful," which tells the story of a Jewish father who tries to hide his son from the horrors of the Holocaust through humor and games.
    In the routine, set to Israeli singer Noa's "Beautiful That Way" from the film's soundtrack, former Olympic ice skater Tatiana Navka and her dance partner Andrei Burkovsky dance in the striped pajamas and yellow six-pointed stars which Jewish victims of Nazi concentration camps were forced to wear.
    At the end, Burkovsky is heard being shot as Navka stands alone, looking grieved.
    The dance was part of a celebrity ice-skating show on Russian television, named "Ice Age," similar to the United States program "Dancing with the Stars" or the UK's "Dancing on Ice."
    Navka married President Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a large ceremony in August 2015.

    International backlash

    Director of International Affairs at Australia's Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, Jeremy Jones, told CNN the act had been "unbelievably tasteless."
    "The lack of thought that would have to go into making that decision is almost mindblowing ... Long after they're forgotten as ice skaters they'll be remember as people who sunk to such depths to get some celebrity," he said.
    Jones said he hoped the backlash to the routine would serve to remind the world of the horrors of the Holocaust.
    The "Ice Age" act also attracted harsh criticism on social media, with hundreds tweeting their shock and horror at the Holocaust-themed act.
    US comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted, "Oh those whacky Holocaust victims (OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD)."
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    quickbooksworm
    by Gold Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 11:44 AM
    I don't know why anyone would have thought this was OK. I mean, it's just not that hard to come up with a not offensive figure skate costume.
    lenashark
    by Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 11:46 AM
    It could have been handled in a tasteful way, but it wasn't.
    lizzielouaf
    by Platinum Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 11:54 AM
    ...
    Well
    Ok
    Clairwil
    by Ruby Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Not watched the video, but perhaps it depends upon their intent: homage versus mockery

    Debmomto2teens
    by Platinum Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 9:57 PM
    It was based on a famous book? I am probably missing something, but was it mocking the story?
    theResidentCat
    by on Nov. 28, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    I cant hear the music or anything but they did do some good skating and acting. I wouldnt say perfect score. The skating did not appear to be making light of the event but telling a story. That is the point of art/acting to tell a story.

    Quoting Debmomto2teens: It was based on a famous book? I am probably missing something, but was it mocking the story?


    Debmomto2teens
    by Platinum Member on Nov. 28, 2016 at 11:51 PM
    I agree. I watched the video and though my hearing isn't the best, I wasn't sure why it was offensive.

    Quoting theResidentCat:

    I cant hear the music or anything but they did do some good skating and acting. I wouldnt say perfect score. The skating did not appear to be making light of the event but telling a story. That is the point of art/acting to tell a story.

    Quoting Debmomto2teens: It was based on a famous book? I am probably missing something, but was it mocking the story?

    bluefirewolf
    by Platinum Member on Nov. 29, 2016 at 12:48 AM
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    cause being a Jew in a concentration camp is so much shits and giggles  

    bluefirewolf
    by Platinum Member on Nov. 29, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    BIG FUCKING FAIL - horrible, even if you know the movie it came from - made me want to punch their little smiling jerk-off faces.

    bluefirewolf
    by Platinum Member on Nov. 29, 2016 at 12:56 AM

    it was based on the movie Life is beautiful - and there is no way you could ever do the emotional level of that movie in a few minutes of skating.  This was horrible.

    Quoting Debmomto2teens: It was based on a famous book? I am probably missing something, but was it mocking the story?


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