Well, that was a choice.
German figure skater Nicole Schott caught the attention of social media during her head-turning free skate at the 2018 Winter Olympics Friday morning in South Korea — and no, not the good kind of attention.
The 21-year-old gracefully skated to the score from Schindler’s List — Steven Spielberg‘s Oscar-winning 1993 film following German-occupied Poland during WWII — and the creative choice caused Twitter to light up with fury.
Reactions to the performance varied from feeling disrespected, to uber awkward, to pure profanity-laden confusion (courtesy of the people’s commentator, Leslie Jones.)
While some responders tried to calm down the internet, reminding them that it’s somewhat common in the sport to use the evocative Schindler’s List score, most were ready to call in Tonya Harding to teach Schott a history lesson.
Do YOU think this is in bad taste? See the reactions (below) and share your thoughts in the comments!
Maybe don’t skate to the theme from Schindler’s List if you’re from Germany. It’s just a little bit #Awkward. #Olympics https://t.co/VgVlBfgfY6
— Ann Dystopian Fan (@AnnDystopianFan) February 23, 2018
Next up from Germany and skating to “Schindler’s List”
And that’s a very sorrowful piece of music. If you don’t have a plan for how to use those emotions it is maybe a sign that this isn’t a great music choice?
— Courtney!!! Milan 🦖 (@courtneymilan) February 23, 2018
As someone who has a master’s in holocaust studies, I’m unsure how I feel about a German skater using Schindler’s List
— Jon Panofsky (@jonp713) February 23, 2018
A German figure skater using a song from Schindler’s List feels like something that should have been caught by one of the first 55,000 people it would have had to go through to get here.
— Scott Harris (@ScottHarrisMMA) February 23, 2018
Some users pointed out that Schott’s performance was likely out of respect:
Oskar Schindler was German, just like the figure skater, and he was a hero. Shes paying tribute to a great German. Stop trying to be offended.
— Ken Webster Jr (@ProducerKen) February 23, 2018
There’s been a couple of songs with a holocaust reference (one being Chopin nocturne no 20 in C minor on violin) it’s not the first time either, but I wouldn’t look at it as disrespectful unless she was trying to mock it (performances are more a sign of respect). Jmho.
— Rebecca Thompson (@Momof3gngrs) February 23, 2018
But we think this tweet captures the internet’s consensus:
first of all, nobody should skate to schindler’s list. second of all, some people REALLY shouldn’t skate to schindler’s list.
— Hannah 🌼 (@fromtexarkana) February 23, 2018
At least Fergie‘s sultry National Anthem performance is no longer the creative misfire of the week.
[Image via YouTube.]