American figure skaters Simon Shnapir and Marissa Castelli got the attention of more than the Olympic judges when they performed Saturday, as the presence of an empty shoulder holster that was part of Shnapir’s “Skyfall”-themed outfit stirred some predictable anti-gun groaning, especially in the Twitter world.
But the twitter reaction was overwhelmingly on the side of skating symbolism, according to tweets collected by Twitchy.com
And Shnapir himself says the costume is missing something important.
The holster started a buzz before the pair even left the ice.
This figure skating team is on the ice to the Bond theme song and his outfit is complete with a shoulder holster. Awesome. Seriously.
— Pat O’Brien (@brokenhalo) February 8, 2014
U.S. figure skating pairs. Simon Shnapir is wearing an underarm gun holster. Gun control loons to sound off in 3, 2, 1 #Sochi2014
— Button Man (@dbutton101) February 8, 2014
— Jeff Anderson (@jeffanderson42) February 8, 2014
Well, Costas hasn’t repeated one of his patented digressions in the hazards of guns yet in Sochi (maybe he’s waiting for the biathlon?), but that didn’t stop the predictable complaints from coming. A holster — even without a gun! — is apparently too threatening, too violent, too American for the gripers.
Some were tiresome.
Leave it to America to do a gun-themed ice dance. #Sochi2014
— MG (@TheGradessShow) February 8, 2014
Some were clueless.
Why is this figure skater wearing a gun? pic.twitter.com/HCatYXCxT2
— Arshad G. Chowdhury (@ArshadGC) February 8, 2014
And some, refreshingly, tried to use humor to make their point.
This figure skater has a gun holster in his costume. You picked the wrong sport to be insecure about your sexuality, pal.
— Ray (@2facedshepherd) February 8, 2014
But the gun rights crowd had their number.
Some people just like becoming drama queens. Also its the holster and empty. Such whiny babies if you ask me. @BlackIrishI
— Older Than Dirt (@CoFemale) February 9, 2014
And if Shnapir had had his way, the drama queens would have had a lot more to complain about.
While he ends the pairs’ routine using his fingers to simulate holding a weapon, he told USA Today he’d have preferred something closer to the real thing
“It’s supposed to be (a gun), but we wanted to keep it, you know, as PG-friendly and non-violent as possible,”he told the paper. “But I think without the gun it sort of loses the whole Bond appeal.”
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