Sunday, January 24, 2010

Russian ice dance offensive to aborigines

Yahoo sports reports:
Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, the favorites for ice-dancing gold in Vancouver, wowed the crowds with their routine at the European Championships. They sit in the lead after their original dance, a tribute to Australian Aborigines.

Except, Aboriginal leaders don't see it as a tribute. They don't really see how it has anything to do with their culture at all.
Ice dancing doesn't have anything to do with anybody's culture. It doesn't have much to do with sport either, as the votes from the judges is always extremely close to what has been decided as the pre-competition favorites. The competitors are not even allowed to do dance moves that are difficult. But their costume looks great!

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