Holocaust-Themed Ice Skating Routine by Putin Aide’s Wife Sparks Outrage
Although an ice skating performance by Tatiana Navka, the wife of Vladimir Putin’s chief spokesman, was supposed to be informative and educational, it is being called offensive by many who watched it.
The Hill reports:
The wife of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s chief spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, sparked outrage on social media by performing a Holocaust-themed ice skating routine that quickly went viral.
Tatiana Navka, a former Olympic figure skating champion, performed with actor Andrey Burkovsky, each wearing concentration camp uniforms and yellow Stars of David.
The two skated to the song “Beautiful That Way,” by Israeli singer Achinoam “Noa” Nini. The song was featured in a 1997 Italian-language Oscar-winning Holocaust film, which Navka said was the inspiration for the performance. She also said in an Instagram post that she wanted the performance to teach children about the Holocaust.
However many did not perceive the performance as educational, calling it “offensive” on Twitter.
This might be offensive if they hadn’t take such great care to recreate all the wonderful ice dancing going on at Aushwitz at the time. https://t.co/Nz0iDHqili
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) November 27, 2016
Holocaust themed skating performance by wife of spokesman for president #Putin. Beyond belief, no words pic.twitter.com/bcPZdfh23R
— Rob S⬅︎Silver Surfer (@RobPulseNews) November 26, 2016
This is staggeringly offensive https://t.co/aw2UiqalDz
— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) November 27, 2016
Oh those whacky Holocaust victims (OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD) https://t.co/mzn441sQZD
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 27, 2016
The story went viral after it was published in Times of Israel.
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