As I looked at the lovely performance by two Russian ice skaters, a skating routine condemned by some, I see a sad, sensitive remembrance of Jews who died in German prison camps during World War 2.
Thus, it’s puzzling that anyone would criticize the performance on the grounds that it’s tasteless. There is no “holocaust denial” nor is their anything but respect implicit in this performance.
What I believe is going on revolves around the woman skater’s link to Russian president Vladimir Putin. She’s the wife of Putin’s spokesman. The skating provides his critics with the chance to tar and feather him indirectly as antisemitic or maybe just as an insensitive creep. Alternatively, the critics may just be sourpusses who criticize everything.
Tatiana Navka, the wife of Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, sparked controversy after delivering a Holocaust-themed figure skating performance with Andrey Burkovskiy.
Sporting striped uniforms with gold Stars of David to portray Jewish prisoners in concentration camps, the two skated on Saturday night to the Israeli song “Beautiful That Way” that was used in the movie about the Holocaust, Life Is Beautiful. They skated for a Russian reality TV show, CBS News reported, citing Israeli media outlets.
The performance drew criticism from viewers who found the routine offensive.
Navka posted a series of photos from the performance on Instagram, prompting backlash in the comments. One user wrote, “Tasteless. Insensitive. The Holocaust is not happy entertainment,” while another commented, “You make me sick.”
Navka wrote in her post that the performance was based on Life is Beautiful, one of her favorite movies, and that children need to remember the Holocaust.
“… children need to remember the holocaust.” Tatiana seems anything but the kind of person who would make anyone “sick.”
This whole fake outrage thing has gotten completely out of hand. It’s a weapon in the hands of those who want to restrict freedom of thought and freedom of speech. Intelligent people should see through the charade and reject this kind of “fake news.”
Putin himself came under direct fire in 2015 for skipping the Auschwitz liberation anniversary celebration after sort of being disinvited.
I’m sure he cried over that one. (/sarc)