Here, I’m mainly responding to commentary I heard run prior to this appalling performance… you know, the back story on the athletes.
This is not hard. The word “aboriginal” means native. The Mohawk Indians are aboriginal to parts of New York State. The word “aborigine” is a noun that refers to a person who is aboriginal. The Mohawk Indians are the aborigines of a certain region of New York State. The word “Aborigine” means a native of Australia. An aboriginal person of Australia or Tasmania is an Aborigine. Things that have to do with Aborigines are Aboriginal Things, like French Fries are … French.
Let me put all the words together in one place so you can see the similarities and differences: Aborigine Aboriginal aborigine aboriginal
This is not hard.
The Aborigines (that would be the aboriginal inhabitants of Australia) do not kiss by rubbing their noses together. The knee-spread hip drop dancing motif is pure National Geographic. The skeleton painted on the outside of the body is a bit Aboriginal looking, not that this matters one tiny bit, but men and women performing in the same ceremony might as well be hard porn in a church, and a woman wearing red during a ceremony (and Olympic ice dancing counts) is like taking your most sacred Russian icon and shitting on it in public.
The real goatfuckers here are the announcers at the Olympics who gave the Russian skating pair a hard time … and I appreciate that … but not a hard enough time, and the referees for the competition that allowed them to perform at all.
The use of the terms that I heard told me that these Russian skaters put on a performance of “Primitive People” that offended the primitives (aborigines) of Australia known as the Aborigines, but clearly they are incorporating (nose rubbing, etc.) other non-Australian themes and dancing like grade school kids going “Boonga boonga boonga” as they wave around bones like the cannibals do. This is not a respectful ethnically oriented presentation.
That the obnoxious racist Russian skaters stopped by and gave the Canadian aborigines some beads in exchange for blankets (I’m not sure about the beads) is really not sufficient. The Canadian Olympic Committee did not absolve itself of being goatfuckers by having giant totem poles and hundreds of dancing aborigines at the opening ceremonies. None of those token actions obviate the fact that these ice skaters intended and were allowed to give a performance at the Canadian Winter Olympics in the equivalent of a performance in black face.
This. Simply. Should. Not. Have. Been. Allowed.