The performance of ice skaters Tatiana Navka, the wife of a high-level aide to President Vladimir Putin, and her dance partner Andrei Burkovsky attracted harsh criticism. During the Holocaust-themed routine on the television show, skaters danced in the striped pajamas and yellow six-pointed stars. This was reported on the CNN website.
The whole act was based on the Italian film “Life is beautiful” (1997). It took place during a celebrity ice-skating show on Russian television, similar to the programs all around the world. One of the skaters, Tatiana Navka, earlier married the Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov in August 2015.
“You must show this movie to your children,” Navka said in her post. “Our children need to know and remember that terrible time, which I hope, God willing, they will never know.”
However, the action was not met great by the community. The reaction of the Director of International Affairs at Australia's Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, Jeremy Jones was unpleasant, as he called the show “unbelievably tasteless” in a comment to BBC.
"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.
The reaction of the internet community was no different, criticism was mainly lashed out at the pair who smiled during the whole “Ice Age” act.
@EmbassyofRussia - Tatyana Navka should be ordered by Putin to make a public apology. Have you also forgotten how your people suffered WW2?— Neville A. Prinsloo (@nevilleprinsloo) 27 ноября 2016 г.
Oh those whacky Holocaust victims (OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD) https://t.co/mzn441sQZD— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) 27 ноября 2016 г.