"What are you doing Germany!"
public internet is up in arms after German figure skater Nicole Schott performed to what viewers are calling an “awkward” music choice. The 21-year-old chose the theme song from the beloved 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List.
While many noted that her performance was beautiful, viewers couldn’t get past the distracting song choice. “The German figure skater is skating to music from Schindler’s List…ABORT ABORT ABORT!” wrote Twitter user @GrvyStruvey. “I repeat, do NOT skate to that! What are you doing Germany!”
That German Figure Skater
The film’s album — which was brilliantly composed by John Williams — won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. However, it didn’t bring Schott, who did not place in the competition, any awards.
Instead, it lead many to call the competitor insensitive, tasteless, and much more of the same.
“A German skater performing to the score of #SchindlersList Cultural distaste at its finest #PyecongChang2018 #WinterOlympics,” wrote Twitter user @tonitrussler. “No #Holocaust Deniers in #Korea. Just exploiters,” wrote user @williecaine alongside the hashtags #schindlerslist, #WinterOlympics, and #Figureskating.
“Did anyone else see the german figure skater dancing to the theme music from Schindlers List? Should I feel offended? Bc I kind of feel offended. #schindlerslist #schindlerstwistintoadoubleaxle,” tweeted user @b1gc0r9.
Schindler’s List follows the life of Oskar Schindler, German factory owner who saved the lives of thousands of Jews by giving them jobs at his factories during the Holocaust. The Steven Spielberg work is an “incredible film, but emotionally a very tough watch, according to Twitter user @scooterarti. “Watching #SchindlersList, an incredible film, but emotionally a very tough watch. Sometimes life feels hard, we buckle under its pressure, we bemoan how bad things are, how life is unfair to us but…….we really have no idea. Films like this remind us.”
Him and others focused on the importance of the film and the message it teaches, while some stepped in to defend Schott for skating to a song many other Germans have before.
User @L1veLeech pointed out, “A german figure skater is being slammed for performing to #SchindlersList. Everyone gets upset about that, yet doesn’t realize that multiple German athletes [have] performed to it since 1994 (excluding non-germans).”
“It is part of Germanys rememberance culture – we confront the past,” they added. A German figure skater just performed to the music of Schindler’s List. So what???” agreed @PrairieFolkMama. “Get a life……. last time I checked Oskar Schindler was German #Olympics #figureskateing #schindlerslist.”
Even Katarina Witt, a German who has won two gold medals, came to Schott’s defense, as she too performed to music from Schindler’s List.
“Please guys,don’t be so harsh on Nicole Schott´s Music choice&keep olympic spirit.She did a very elegant choreography to this extraordinary emotional violin piece,” she posted on Twitter. “I skated to the music of Schindler’s List too&Steven Spielberg himself [sent] me the most touching letter afterwards.”
For those who dared to defend the 21-year-old competitor…
“If you don’t understand why this isn’t appropriate music: Schindler’s List is a movie about Jewish genocide. Steven Spielberg refused a salary for making it, saying it would ‘blood money,'” wrote @fromtexarkana. “The story, the music, and the meaning belong to us. It’s not for performance.”
The conversation — which still has the internet split down the middle — has Schindler’s List trending. Hop in the convo, but not before you hit up the comments to tell us your thoughts! Don’t forget to SHARE this article.