The International Skating Union is really sorry for including an Auschwitz-themed outfit in their 'best costume' list
- Russian figure skater Anton Shulepov wore a costume that featured a Star of David and elements of Auschwitz guard uniforms during a routine to the theme of "Schindler's List" in November at am Internationaux de France event.
- The International Skating Union (ISU) included the costume in a contest online in which fans could vote for their favourite outfits.
- The organisation later said it was included "by error," and replaced the photo of Shulepov with one of him in another costume.
- "The ISU regrets that by error the wrong costume (Free Skating instead of Short Program costume) of Mr. Shulepov has been presented for voting," the organisation said about its inclusion of Shulepov's Auschwitz costume.
- In a statement to the Guardian, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called the costume "insensitive" and "offensive."
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The International Skating Union (ISU) has apologised after an Auschwitz-themed ice skating costume was nominated for the organisation's "best costume" list in what they have called an "error."
The costume was worn by Russian figure skater Anton Shulepov as he skated to the theme of the movie "Schindler's List" during a free skate routine in France in November. It featured a Star of David and elements of guard uniforms from Auschwitz, where more than 1 million Jews and prisoners of war were killed by Nazis during World War II.
But the backlash grew after the ISU re-shared a photo of it on Sunday. The organisation included the costume in an online contest where fans could vote for their favourite outfits of the year.
.@AuschwitzMuseum .@ISU_Figure has nominated a costume that is half concentration camp prisoner uniform w/a yellow star, half Nazi guard uniform, for its "best costume" award, despite having been told how offensive this is. Skater is Russian Anton Shulepov. pic.twitter.com/rLWhXS6TdG — azteclady (@HerHandsMyHands) December 1, 2019
The costume was removed from the contest by Monday morning. The ISU said it had been included "by error," and that a Shulepov costume from a different contest was supposed to be up for a vote instead.
"The ISU regrets that by error the wrong costume (Free Skating instead of Short Program costume) of Mr. Shulepov has been presented for voting," the ISU wrote on Twitter. "This error has been corrected and the ISU sincerely apologises for this mistake and the bad sentiments it has caused." In a statement to the Guardian, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called the costume "offensive."
"While we understand the need for skaters to be creative in their choice of costumes, Anton Shulepov's apparent decision to evoke painful Holocaust imagery as part of his routine was insensitive and offensive," he said.
The ISU didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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