A Russian ice skating duo, including the wife of a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, sparked outrage with a Holocaust-themed routine on Saturday.
Tatiana Navka, wife of Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov and the 2006 Olympic gold medallist, and her partner Andrei Burkovsky dressed in striped uniforms with yellow six-pointed stars as they performed a show based on "Life is Beautiful," a 2012 film in which a Jewish father tries to hide his son from the Holocaust through games.
WATCH | Here's the full routine.
The routine ends with the sound of gunshots as Burkovsky pretends to be shot.
U.S. comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted about the routine and was not impressed.
Jeremy Jones, director of international affairs at Australia's Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, told CNN the routine was "unbelievably tasteless."
Choreographer Ilya Averbukh, who is Jewish and also the show's chief producer, said he stood by the routine.
Navka and Burkovsky said the routine was meant to be a tribute to Holocaust victims.
Some commentators were shocked by the routine.
Others were surprised it got the green light.
Producer: Let's play word association to find a theme for your routine. I'll start: Ice skating.— Lara Southwell (@larasouthwell) November 27, 2016
This speaks for itself.
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