German figure skater Nicole Schott competed in the Olympics Thursday to music from the film “Schindler’s List,” and the internet was horrified.
It isn’t the first time a figure skater has used the music. In 2014, Yulia Lipnitskaya did her gold-medal-winning routine to the song as well. The 15-year-old drew cries from Twitter asking if “Schindler’s List on Ice” was coming to an arena near them.
Given the heightened anti-Semitism, many wondered if perhaps it was best to curb the use of a song used to tell the story of a man who saved Jews from the Holocaust.
In another case, Yashar Ali of the Huffington Post, recalled Tatyana Navka, “the wife of Putin’s powerful spokesman Dmitry Peskov.” She and her partner performed a Holocaust themed performance during a competition in Russia. The two were dressed in stripped uniforms with the Star of David on their chest.
The German who skated to Schindler’s List tonight at the Olympics reminds me of a clip I found in Nov 2016. Tatyana Navka, the wife of Putin's powerful spokesman Dmitry Peskov, did a Holocaust themed skating performance during a tv competition in Russia. pic.twitter.com/XxVRn6GeIV
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 23, 2018
Watch a clip from Schott below:
And the Twitter response:
Every jew recognizes the soundtrack in 2 seconds and it started with Jewish Town (Krakow Ghetto) and ended with Schindler’s List Theme By John Williams
— Felix E.Czosnowski (@czossi) February 23, 2018
I am less unnerved by the German skating to Schindler's List than I am by the gentiles who don't get why some find it a problem or, worse, explaining to us all that it's "no big deal."
— Joey H. (@ZentheZebra) February 23, 2018
NO ONE SHOULD BE SKATING TO SCHINDLER'S LIST!!!!!!!
— Nancy Armour (@nrarmour) February 23, 2018
— tara lipinski's fact checker (@robojojo) February 23, 2018
trying to imagine the discussion when someone says “hey how about skating to music from Schindler’s List? That’ll really get the crowd pumped up”
— Sara Koenig 🐑 (@sara_koenig) February 23, 2018
German figure skater performing to music from Schindler’s List. Thats…not the choice I’d go with. pic.twitter.com/0B0B3YK9uS
— Sarah (@BookishFeminist) February 23, 2018
God I love the pace of closed captioning. Just now, watching a German figure skater:
NICOLE SCHOTT IS SKATING TO…
…SCHINDLER’S LIST 🥇
— T.J. Chambers (@tjchambersLA) February 23, 2018
The German figure skater is skating to music from Schindler’s List…ABORT ABORT ABORT!
I repeat, do NOT skate to that! What are you doing Germany!
— David Struve (@GrvyStruvey) February 23, 2018
Just tuned into Olympic figure skating and the German figure skater is skating to the theme song from … Schindler’s List. No joke. Call me crazy but that doesn’t seem right.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2018
The German skater picking the Schindler’s List soundtrack to skate to is certainly a choice.
— Aaron Mehta (@AaronMehta) February 23, 2018
— Space Orchid 🏝 (@SpaceOrchid8) February 23, 2018
When you realize a German ice skater just performed to a song from Schindler’s List. pic.twitter.com/eIcM3TSHIW
— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) February 23, 2018
Figure skating to music from Schindler's List might not guarantee you a medal but it might guarantee you an Oscar…
— sᴄʀᴜ̈ᴇɢɢs (@scrueggs) February 23, 2018
Schindler's List music choice from a German figure skater…mmmkay pic.twitter.com/oDEbTswIdn
— °♡° (@DarlingNikkiUSA) February 23, 2018
Can we agree that Schindler’s List soundtrack is too depressing for figure skating? More Star Wars.
— Lissa Tallman (@lissaCT) February 23, 2018
And a smaller issue, but who thought “rhinestones on the costume will go well with this Schindler’s List program?” #smh
— Laura Hays Pearson (@lauralhpearson) February 23, 2018
A German girl is figure skating to Schindler's List music and no one finds this off-putting…
— Jennifer Shrader (@jenjshrader) February 23, 2018
In other news:
Speaking of Schindler’s List, I spoke to a woman a few months ago who said she thinks Ralph Fiennes is extremely sexy in that movie, which is definitely one of the more disturbing crushes I’ve heard.
— Devin Fuller (@DevFull) February 23, 2018