Re: Taipei Times (Guardian/UK) 11/19/16‘Holocaust on ice’ routine in Russia causes controversy
The wife of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has caused controversy by dressing in a concentration camp uniform for a televised ice dance routine that some have called the “Holocaust on ice.”
Tatiana Navka, a former Olympic ice dancer and the wife of presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, and her dancing partner, actor Andrei Burkovsky, appeared in striped uniforms bearing yellow six-pointed stars and heavy make-up to look bruised and frail on the popular celebrity skating TV show Ice Age.
Their routine for the song Beautiful That Way — by Israeli singer Achinoam “Noa” Nini — was based on the Academy Award-winning Italian film Life Is Beautiful.
In the film, a Jewish father pretends for the sake of his young son that the family’s internment by the Nazis is part of an elaborate game.
In their performance, Navka and Burkovsky smiled and pantomimed shooting at each other in front of an imaginary child, before Burkovsky exited to the sound of machine-gun fire.
The Russian skaters were of course trying to send a kind of loving message, even edging toward immortalizing all Big H victims. Given the current anti-Moscow climate, though, they will be panned as tasteless.
There's no business like show business. This story's got legs.
Re: NYTimes 11/28/16Holocaust-Themed Ice Dance in Russia Draws Condemnation