Social Media Explodes After German Olympian Skates To ‘Schindler’s List’ Score

The marathon that is the 2018 Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang is over, but there have certainly been a number of memorable moments over the course of the games. We’ve seen stirring athletic performances from athletes that have trained their whole lives to get to this point, as well as questionable actions from those with misplaced priorities.

Yes, the Olympics have brought both the best and the worst of folks to light. In addition, there have been a number of other situations that have got people talking, including the performance from German figure skater Nicole Schott.

Schott’s performance was fine and all and there was nothing particularly memorable about it - outside of her choice of song, that is. As the Daily Mail shares, Schott delivered her performance while the score from the film ‘Schindler’s List’ blared out across the same arena.

Yes, the same exact film that brought the horrors of the Holocaust to light. This was the choice of a figure skater from a country that was at the heart of the atrocity.

Needless to say, social media was less than kind.    

“No one should be skating to Schindler's List,” shared one user.

“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!” wrote another commenter.

“Oh good, Schindler’s List, what a treat we are in for” - no skating fan ever,” added another user.

In fairness to Schott, the score itself is great. In fact, it won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Additionally, a number of other skaters have chosen to perform their routines with the song as the backdrop.

That said, it was still an odd visual to have a German figure skater use that as her song choice. Users on social media weren’t about to let it go by unnoticed.  

“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,” said one user.  

“That’s...not the choice I’d go with,” opined a commenter.  

“Maybe don’t skate to the theme from Schindler’s List if you’re from Germany. It’s just a little bit #Awkward,” wrote another user.

As with all big events, social media users provide a running commentary on things. The Olympics have been no exception, and the snark, outrage, and whatnot has been rolling in for just about everything.

As always, there are times the reactions are completely justified, but there’s also a whole lot of other times when it’s way over the top and little more than piling on. This case fell more towards the latter category, as some users were genuinely upset over a song from the movie being used to glorify an ice skaters performance.

When you add in the fact that Schott comes from Germany, and it’s not too hard to see how folks can see her and the event organizers as being rather tone deaf and oblivious.

That said, it gradually got to the point of piling on after the initial points were made. Such is life during big events in the age of social media. Any and all missteps are magnified to the nth degree, and we’ll assume that skaters will take that into consideration for future routines.       

Source: MailOnline
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