Wednesday WTF


Daniel D’Addario at the spoof site Salon:

Was Yulia Lipnitskaya’s “Schindler’s List” skating routine tasteless?

The 15-year-old Russian skater Yulia Lipnitskaya already has won a gold medal at the Olympics as part of the team figure skating competition. But her marquee performance, with its nods to “Schindler’s List,” raises questions of taste and respect.

The music from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Holocaust drama is instantly recognizable in Lipnitskaya’s program. Recognizable, too, is Lipnitskaya’s dress, a visual nod to the “girl in the red coat,” one of the only objects in the film depicted using color. On film, the girl in the red coat is killed, an innocent victim of the Nazis; in real life, the girl in the red dress triumphs on ice.

Whatever one thinks of the film, this is kitsch of the highest order. “Schindler’s List” is, like many of Spielberg’s movies, emotionally manipulative in the manner it uses music and symbolism to evoke a reaction. But it also does the work of depicting horrors in context, and the emotions it evokes are about something. Lipnitskaya’s routine, technically accomplished though it is, refers to the most memorable aspects of a popular movie about the Holocaust to make no statement other than “It would be nice if you cried at this reference to an existing work of art.”


The Lipnitskaya routine follows this definition. It is beautiful to watch the young Lipnitskaya skate, and it is cathartic to refer to “Schindler’s List,” a universally understood signifier for the Holocaust. How nice to be moved, together with all mankind, at a girl skating while dressed as a fictitious Holocaust victim! (How much easier, too, to surface a memory of the Holocaust and feel sad but also happy for Lipnitskaya, than to contemplate man’s capacity for evil.) It’s a low-calorie emotional trigger, relying on the surface level of someone else’s complicated and difficult art to trigger the viewer into an emotional response.

Lipnitskaya is quite young even by the standards of figure skating, and an athlete who relies on coaches and teammates; one hardly imagines that she designed the whole routine because of her abiding love of “Schindler’s List.” But whoever planned this did Lipnitskaya a disservice. The skater is talented enough to not need to rely on the music and signifiers memorably used on an episode of “Dance Moms.” She can move the public without resorting to emotional manipulation. Figure skating is a sport of intangibles — judges make champions according to a scoring system that’s opaque to viewers at home. But whether it affected her points total or not, Lipnitskaya introducing the memories of another little girl’s tragic fate is unsporting, even in a sport so focused on image and narrative. It weights the scale in her favor unduly. Who wants to be the one to root against the Girl in the Red Coat? But some things are better dealt with in fully thought-through contexts or not at all in order to avoid the appearance of glibness or easy manipulation.

I don’t know how anyone could watch Yulia Lipnitskaya skate and not be blown away by her grace and athleticism. She’s a prodigy and her performance was incredible.

Ice skating is a blend of ballet and sports. It’s always the best part of the Winter Olympics. The skaters always perform to music. The song Yulia chose (or more likely had chosen for her) is a beautiful song.

How far up his own ass does D’Addario’s head have to be to write such a stupid article?


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158 Responses to Wednesday WTF

  1. The Klown says:

    BTW: Katarina Witt skated to Schindler’s list in 1994.

  2. Lulu says:

    I think the writer is jealous of beautiful 15 year old talented feminine Russian artist. It sounds like huffy mean girl crap because no one is looking at Johnny Weir’s “statements” of which the Russians are ignoring.

    • The Klown says:

      Yeah, that article has a real “Mean Girls” tone to it, don’t it?

    • piper says:

      Totally agree. Obviously this so-called writer needs a full colonic and anal squeeze to relive the pressure on his brain.
      Perhaps Yulia is Jewish or has Jewish family members who perished in the camps / war.

  3. The Klown says:
  4. mothy67 says:

    Been a long time since I saw the film but if I remember correctly the coat was according to Spielberg to represent the world’s ignoring the plight of the Jews saying it was as clear as a little girl in a red coat. Salon writes “another little girl’s tragic fate “. Sorry pal not an actual person. There was actually a girl in the ghetto who wore a red coat but she did not die.

    • The Klown says:

      It was a movie, not a documentary.

      Yes, it was based on a true story, but the final product was entertainment, not history.

      Some people don’t seem to understand the difference.

      (Nobody here, but there are lots of them out there.)

  5. DeniseVB says:

    The only connection I can think of is the producer of Schindler’s List also produced Dinesh D’Souza’s movie and D’Souza’s is an Obama critic. Therefore, thou shall hate on the adorable little skater ? Sounds right to me.

    Also, judges love the drama. Excellent choice by the coaches. Extra points if you “die” on the ice 😉

  6. votermom says:

    It was an absolutely beautiful and tasteful performance. I hope it inspires this generation to watch Schindler’s List.

    • mothy67 says:

      I thought Schindler’ s List was a very well made film until that speech at the end. IMHO the most profound movie about the Holocaust is the documentary Night and Fog. Took me days to process. My knowledge of that horror had been limited to a mini-series with Meryl Streep

  7. votermom says:


  8. I saw this routine and thought it was incredible and lovely. She blew the competition away, and when she finished, all I had to say was, “Sorry, Gracie.” This critique is bullshit born of nationalism. Art has always been a continuous echo of imitation and homage. D’Addario doesn’t know art and he doesn’t know figure skating, obviously. He just likes being nasty for a living. Unsurprising, given his profession.

  9. leslie says:

    This is completely OT. I’m using my iPad right now, and I’m leaving for work in a minute. But I need help. I cannot log into my desk top computer. It won’t accept my password and I don’t know what to do. The message is that my profile is unable to load. Can someone please help? I’ll check back from work later this morning if anyone has suggestions. The last time I was on my desk top was yesterday morning. It worked just fine and I shut it down as always. This morning it connects electronically, but won’t let me log in. There is no one else here to have touched the computer.
    Oh, it is a Lenovo. Thanks for your suggestions.

    • votermom says:

      Is it Windows? In the olden days, I’d turn it off, turn it back on and hit the Esc key to get into the bios menu before Windows could load. Then boot in safe mode to fix whatever was wrong.
      At any rate you need someone with Admin privileges I think.
      Does it have any other user profile you can use?

    • DandyTIger says:

      Can you log in to any other account? It sounds like the registry has gone wonky. Here and here are two references to this problem I found that are similar. Unfortunately they involve working directly on that computer, so you probably can’t fix until you get back to it.

    • mothy67 says:

      You can try to boot in safe mode. Press F8 repeatedly when starting and select Safe Mode
      If you see an administrator icon click on that then use system restore. IF no admin icon I’d have someone take a look. The above steps won’t do any harm but additional actions can be confusing. Good luck.

      • leslie says:

        Thank you everyone for your advice. There is no other account on the computer, but when I get home, I’ll try your other suggestions. And Yes. It is a Windows Vista or Windows 7, I’m not certain right now. But I’ll try using the Esc key and if that doesn’t work, I’ll try again using F8 to see what is going on. I’m going to print out your responses – and any others that appear, take them home and work on it tonight.

        • votermom says:

          Good luck! Do it where you can be online on your ipad. Google is your friend.
          Tech problems can be so frustrating.

          • leslie says:

            I’m home and using the iPad to write this. I just used the F8 key and the Esc key so I don’t know which one actually got me to the Safe Mode. Anyway, I DID get to restore my computer a n d I created a password disc so that when I restarted, albeit with much trepidation, it actually did start.
            Frankly, I don’t know what I’d have done without your help, Votermom, Mothy and Dandy.
            Thank you. At least right now, my computer is working.
            {{{to you all}}}

          • votermom says:

            Woohoo! Success!

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  11. The Klown says:
  12. The Klown says:

    Here is the Russian version of Yulia’s gold performance:

    • swanspirit says:

      Because Russians don’t know how to combine tragedy and triumph in a deeply dramatic way , and tug at your heartstrings while making you think . Nyet .

      • wmcb says:

        LOL! I said almost the exact same thing upthread. Despair and redemption.

        • swanspirit says:

          GMTA ! And isn’t the idiot ( and the VILE PROGS just like him ) who wrote this commentary a modern version of THE UGLY AMERICAN ? They want to appear all diverse and edumacated and sophisticatered , but when they actually encounter the sensibilities of another culture , they want it to conform to their own narrow definition of what is acceptable , as defined by them .
          Brings to mind that idiotic statement Obama made about Americans not speaking French , but when he encountered Romney , who actually lived in France and spoke the language , denigrated him .

  13. The Klown says:
  14. The Klown says:

    My experience is that if you have a penis, sooner or later the feminists will turn on you.

    • votermom says:

      Any disagreement with a prog is proof that you are oppressing them.
      They are mental two year olds.

    • wmcb says:

      What is wrong with men? Why are they so strong? Eeewww, why are they so weak? Why do they love risk, the dummies? Why don’t they jump in front of that mugger for me?

      Hey, where did they all go???

    • DandyTIger says:

      Why did they passively take the reading list if they didn’t like it? Apparently they need big daddy government to fix it for them. Because equal.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    I wonder if last night’s State Dinner broke the record ? (about 5k per guest)

  16. mothy67 says:

    When the Obama’s do their faux sophistication thing I feel embarrassed for them. Reminds me of taking people to lunch just to see what and how they ordered. Anyone who went over the top with a free lunch was usually not getting the job .

  17. Dora says:

    Definitely jealous. If you are looking for someone showing bad taste, look no further than NBC and Johnny Weir:

    Current NBC commentator for the Sochi games Johnny Weir appeared with full makeup — blush, lipstick, etc. — as well as silk blouses and gaudy jewelry.

  18. votermom says:

  19. DeniseVB says:

    Squeeeeeee ! Koffler thinks Sarah’s going to run ! Link has a great interview video with clues, but it’s on auto-play 😦 Turn your volume down or off.

    Whether she does or not, it’s nice to have happy thoughts in my brain again 😀

    • Constance says:

      Love Mrs. Colbert’s dress. Not trendy, looks great, looks comfortable, not worried about seeing something you don’t care to see and then being unable to unsee it.

      • Lulu says:

        Mary J. Blige’s dress is gorgeous too. It fits her perfectly and it has SLEEVES for winter.

        • Constance says:

          The sleeves thing always bothers me. Men are done up in undershirts, shirts,vests and coats and women have no sleeves and plunging necklines. Even on NY news programs it distracts me. In my experience my men are not cold when I am freezing and if anyone could run around in little clothing with no chill effect it would be them not me. When you look at news from NY it looks like the men are somewhere 30 degrees colder than the women but yet they sit next to each other. Dumb. And Distracting. Also the dresses that drag the floor….really? Do you know how filthy the hem of those dresses will be when you get home? It’s an icky thought.

  20. helenk3 says:

    the republican” leadership” needs to be replaced. with the backtrack bunch in the white house, we need some opposition with guts and a backbone. doormats get stepped on

    • helenk3 says:

      backtrack to sign executive order this time to raise the minimum wage for government workers. he don’t need no stinkin congress

    • Constance says:

      Definitely the Republican leadership needs replacement. Apparently they like losing elections and taking wacko stands on issues. And in my state, Washington, Republicans don’t even put up serious candidates for office. We are just abandoned to live in the Peoples Republic of Autocratic Smug Progressiveness.

  21. foxyladi14 says:

    He is POTUS can do as he pleases. 👿

  22. SHV says:

    “How far up his own ass does D’Addario’s head have to be to write such a stupid article?”
    The Russians, including a 15 yo girl, don’t need a lecture from some ignorant twit at Salon about WWII and the Holocaust. The Germans killed at least 20 million Russians. The Russians sustained 80% of the casualties and inflicted 80% of the German casualties. Without the Russians, all of Europe would be speaking German. The American public never would have tolerated the US body count needed to beat the German Army.

    • Lulu says:

      Hear hear! The depth of ignorance for what is called journalism today is disturbing. They think they know everything and can opine on history, culture, etc and only embarrass themselves. This guy hasn’t even watched PBS or the History channel. He doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know. And of course he majored in “American studies and English at Columbia.”

      • 49erDweet says:

        If the chancellors at Columbia had any integrity, based on that column they’d recall his credentials.

      • Constance says:

        I think magazines like Salon have sort of backed themselves in a corner. People like us are probably the only views they get and we only click on them to witness their idiocy. So if they like clicks they need to keep up the stream in idiocy. No one goes there for insight or perspective or the truth.

    • The Klown says:

      Imagine What the invasion of Normandy would have looked like if 75% of the German army wasn’t dead or tied up on the eastern front.

      • wmcb says:

        Seriously. Also, Russians and many Europeans are very different from Americans in how they view wars, etc. We are a propositional nation – a nation of ideas. We have no real feel for antiquity. That’s not a slur, just a fact.

        A Russian soldier was once talking to an American soldier who was repeating the well-known trope that a soldier isn’t fighting for his country, he’s fighting for his buddy next to him. The Russian said, “Not Russians.” The American, surprised, asked, “Then what?” The Russian responded, as if it were obvious to any idiot: “The Russian soil!”

        Russians have a connection to the Russian land, regardless of who their rulers are, that we just don’t get on a visceral level the same way they do.

        • Lulu says:

          Some people who work the land do feel that way. My husband and his family do, and they were in the military including in WWII (his father was a naval office and is 92), but you are correct that it has not been the majority view since we changed from a rural to urban society. I have thought before that the eco crowd are looking for some kind of connection that has been lost in our culture. The Russians still have it.

  23. mothy67 says:

    Wish you had an Amazon portal.
    Anyone know how to search kindle books that have whispersync?

  24. mothy67 says:

    Found answer just type Whispersync and title. DUH

  25. wmcb says:

    Haha! Heard from my young niece facing bad weather in SC. File under: “Don’t try to teach your grandma how to suck eggs.”

    “Just talked to my Papa , and was telling him how bad it is outside and making sure they were ok without power and telling him to call my dad if they needed anything…. He quickly responds, that he lived 15 years before he knew what electricity was and he thinks he can handle a couple hours without it. Touché Papa. Touché.”

  26. wmcb says:

    This video makes me homesick for SC. I miss the green, I miss my family, I miss the peaches and tomatoes, I miss the music, I miss the drawl, I miss the “easiness” of attitude, I miss the mix of peoples that long ago figured out how to laugh together. I’m just not an urban person.

    One of the great lies of the progressive era is that urbane city folk have ever so much less tension between groups (men/women, black/white, whatever) than those country rubes do. Hell no. Not in my experience.

    • swanspirit says:

      ❤ The Carolina Chocolate Drops

      • wmcb says:

        Me too! A lot of what they play is the sort of thing I heard growing up that just arose around impromptu sessions at some pig roast or another. People think that New Orleans is the only place where that kind of musical melding/blending took place, but no – it’s just the most famous. Lots of places in the South ended up with a hodgepodge of Scots-Irish, Celtic, African, etc musical influence that developed into fascinating regional music.

    • threewickets says:

      We used to summer in South Carolina when I was a kid. Great memories!

  27. wmcb says:

    But…what about the imiginary reaction of those evil cons to a Cheerios ad??!!!

  28. mothy67 says:

    Read an article over at Big Government about Michael Sam’s father’s response to his kid coming out. Brutal comments and just the thing that will put off a lot of independents and frustrated dems. Makes me wonder if they are real. Race card has been played out and 16 bias reserved the sexism card. So LGBT gets midterm.

    • wmcb says:

      One phrase that stands me in good stead all the time in analyzing politics is the old Latin adage: Cui bono? To whose advantage? Who profits?

      This is one reason why I am convinced that conservatives/GOP are not the primary ones stirring up race hate or gay hate or woman hate or whatever. I’m not talking about race realism, or a mere penchant to see some value in traditional gender roles – I’m talking the vicious stuff. Why would the GOP engage in that? It benefits them in no way whatsoever. When this shit hits the news, it always makes them look horrible, so what the hell would their motive be for doing it? Do horrible people exist on the right? Sure. And on the left. It’s the condition of humanity that cruel assholes exist.

      But the question is, to whom does more political capital accrue when hate is stirred up? And the answer is NOT the GOP. Hmmmm….

      • leslie says:

        Excellent point. I’ll try using that when family gathers this weekend.

      • mothy67 says:

        What I thought as well. When I read an article linked through Brietbart I always find the vitriol but when reading the comments on twitchy, Malkin, Althouse and other sites there may be disagreement but not unbridled hate. Also seems a lot of it is cut and paste.

  29. votermom says:

  30. The Klown says:

    See if you can guess the party affiliation:

    Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, whose desperate pleas for help during Hurricane Katrina drew national attention, walked silently out of a courthouse Wednesday after a jury convicted him of federal corruption charges.

    Nagin was elected as a reformer in 2002. But after a two-week trial that began in late January, he was found guilty of 20 out of 21 counts of bribery, money laundering, fraud and filing false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The sole acquittal was on one of the bribery counts. …

    The charges detailed more than $200,000 in bribes to the mayor, and his family members allegedly received a vacation in Hawaii; first-class airfare to Jamaica; private jet travel and a limousine for New York City; and cellular phone service. In exchange, businesses that coughed up cash for Nagin and his family won more than $5 million in city contracts, according to the January 2013 indictment.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Piker! If he’d been a real Dem he’d have added a couple of zeros to those totals.

    • DeniseVB says:

      And I defended this guy to my conservative friends about those damn school buses underwater in NOLA. I blamed Boooooosh ! As it turns out, I guess Nagin was the real racist who didn’t care for poor black people (h/t Kanye West).

  31. helenk3 says:

    still time to catch up on Netflix’s House of Cards before the release of season 2

  32. Erica says:

    The writer is so mocking of this young skater, and while he insists that Schindler’s List is the real piece of art, he denigrates it as well. Doesn’t make sense. Would he say the same if someone skated to a piece from Porgy and Bess, Titanic, or 12 Years a Slave? Accusing her of cheap sensationalism after she skated like a champion smacks of envy, and perhaps a little antisemitism thrown in, too.

  33. votermom says:

    Happening now – “massive” anti-govt protests in Venezuela

    search “venezuela” on twitter to see pics & videos

  34. The Klown says:
    • votermom says:

      Yet the left cannot bring up the one big reason not to nominate Hillary: Benghazi.
      That was her test, and she failed.

      • insanelysane says:

        Hillary has been tested for 40 years. She is the best hope we have and I would NOT blame her if she gave the middle finger to America.

        I hope she retires and enjoys the rest of her life in privacy.
        We don’t deserve her smarts and her passion.
        I am disgusted by Americans.
        Not the folks here , as I know you/we are Hillary refugees. PUMA and all that.
        I’m done. I hope Hill and Bill are too.

        New blood. We FDR Dems need a new vision.
        Everything I am seeing points to a declining earth and a declining civilization.
        I am not optimistic.

  35. wmcb says:

    Documentary well worth watching. Beauty matters. It is itself a virtue, and necessary to human beings. I for one am sick of the tyranny of the shocking, novel, nihilistic, and avant garde. The cult of ugly and “disturbing” is banal and boring. Bring back Beauty.

  36. votermom says:

    • 49erDweet says:

      Thou shalt not mock!!!!!

    • The Klown says:

      The Obamas welcomed French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday and served him and their high-status guests a 2,500 calorie meal, triple the calorie count that first lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have required for public school lunches.

      The fatty meal featured the best-tasting delicacies from around the country, including a first course of caviar and a winter garden salad, and a main course of ribeye steak served with blue cheese and 12 varieties of potatoes and quail eggs.

      Dessert options ranged from a chocolate malted cake topped with vanilla ice cream, maple syrup fudge, as well as shortbread cookies and cotton candy.

      Mrs. Obama and her guests would’ve had to move an awful lot to burn the 152 grams of fat — not including alcohol — that they ingested.

      Read more:

      Can you say “hypocrisy?”

  37. helenk3 says:

    seems like we have a real mystery on our hands
    bankers and a reporter
    suicide or just disappearing?
    shades of Atlas Shrugged

  38. 49erDweet says:

    Is the Big Dawg’s “Red Dress” award today a spoof, or confirmation Lewis Carroll was prescient?

  39. The Klown says:
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  41. The Klown says:

    Don’t tell nobody, but I just found out I’m gonna be a grandpa again!

    Hoping for another girl cuz it’s 3-1 right now, but another boy would be good too.

  42. wmcb says:

  43. votermom says:

    Just saw this out of Venezuela

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