In late January, with less than a month left to go before the Vancouver Winter Olympics, scandal engulfed two young figure skaters from Russia.
Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin were surprised to discover that the aboriginal-inspired routine and costumes with which they had won the 2009 European Ice Dancing Championships were considered culturally insensitive at best. (Judge for yourself on the left or in the video below.) Aboriginal groups in Australia decried the routine as demeaning and, at the very least, inaccurate: the music was by an British woman of Indian descent.
The pair thought and thought — judging by Russian attitudes toward political correctness, they were probably incredulous more than anything — and, heading into the Olympics, announced that they would ditch the costumes.
Sheila Chandra, the singer of the song the Russian skaters were using in their routine (the song, let’s recall, was not even Aboriginal), had to send a letter to the Olympic Committee and the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, demanding that the fragment of her song be removed from the routine’s soundtrack.
Now, with the Russian contingent in total shock, Russian state television has taken up the cause of “our figure skaters” in their totally unbiased report, which begins with the anchor uttering the following: let’s go now to Vancouver, “where a scandal is raging over the original dance of Russian figure skaters Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shablin. With days to go before the start of the Olympics, they were forced to change the music to their ‘Aboriginal Dance.'”
Turns out, they didn’t get Chandra’s permission to use the music in the first place, but that didn’t stop Valtentin Peseev, the president of the Russian Figure Skating Federation (you know, the guy Chandra appealed to?), from voicing the real reason his skaters were targeted time and time again for racism and intellectual property theft: “From my point of view, this is a actually a well-organized campaign. It was premeditated, and probably sanctioned by someone…I think this is a well-executed strategy aimed at our athletes.”
The “Vesti” reporter in Vancouver agreed, pointing out that the Russians had a good shot at gold going into the Olympics.
The pair will dance on Friday, even with the Illuminati hungrily plotting their and their country’s demise.
Oh, and the offensive routine: