“Unauthentic and offensive” is how ice skating critic Maggie Hendricks describes them.
The people they are trying to honor, Australian Aborigines, can only gape slack-jawed and remark: ‘They have got the whole thing wrong. Look how stupid these fellas are.”
They’re Russians, of course. Specifically, they are Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, performing at the European Championships in the so-called “sport” of ice dancing.
Required to celebrate a national culture with one of their routines, the pair painted themselves in the ridiculous, childish, crude and gaudy getups depicted at left, complete with plastic leaves, and made a foreign culture the butt of many jokes.
Nice work, Russians.