It’s possible NBC sportscaster Bob Costas will have his one good eye on other things — like noted peacemaker Vladimir Putin — but you just know he’ll be itching to weigh in on this costume worn by pairs figure skater Simon Shnapir.

Why is he wearing a gun holster? Um … because the routine had a James Bond theme. Here are a few pics from the official U.S. Figure Skating Twitter account.


Shnapir and his pairs partner, Marissa Castelli, skated to music from “Skyfall” when they earned the pairs title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January. And yes, he was wearing one of those oh-so-horrifying holsters.


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  • MartiniShark

    Just tell them Wendy Davis approves — that’ll shut ’em up.

    • conservachick

      omg i was reading about that…flap.
      i absolutely love it. it tickled me like i havent been tickled in a while!

      but in all seriousness, its a freaking gun HOLSTER. what is he going to do, shoot people with it? hes dancing to freaking james bond.

      “wear a tuxedo” and ice skate? and do all those flips and stuff? no.

      • Alabama Mike

        Shows what you know, silly girl. I’ll have you know that was a Glock automatic assault holster with the thing in front that goes up. Sheesh. 😀

        • butterflyinoh

          Big deal…It’s a holster, NOT a gun…geesh…People go stupid over things like this…and this is just goes to prove the dumbing down of America…just sayin’.

          • Alabama Mike

            Yeah, sorry I left off the sarcasm tag, so I added a smiley. I was attempting to make fun of those making a fuss over an amity holster.

          • conservachick

            i got you babe. :)

          • butterflyinoh

            LOL–thanks for the verification.

  • lordhelmet

    Was he wearing a PPK with it?

  • thedumbblonde

    I’m clutching my pearls over here.

  • Ice Cold Troll

    Dontcha just love leftist crying fits? Here Costas, try this–

    • WhoMeToo

      Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….. SHINY! (ಠ⌣ಠ)

      • Ice Cold Troll

        ;- ) Share and enjoy.

        • almarquardt

          Can I share and enjoy, too? Pleeeaaaaaase?

      • almarquardt

        Excellent response. I wish I came up with it.

        • WhoMeToo

          aww shucks…. (⁎❛ᴗ❛⁎)

    • Brown

      Remember don’t hide your gun in the sand at your local park! Haha

      • R_Stephan

        or place it with candy on a table

    • Jack Deth

      I still have my classic white Tee with that!

    • c2

      I have that on a shirt! Lol

    • Worship Dancer

      i’ll take one of each. thanks.

    • Sean Barrentine

      So. Much Shiny.. @.@ I wouldn’t even know which one I’d want to start with. lol

    • Nanashi Suunaku

      I want this T-SHIRT!!!!!!!

  • Netmilsmom

    A holster. *shiver* /eyeroll/

  • RA_H

    The right message about America? Last I checked James Bond is British…

    • keyboard jockey

      It’s because of the music they chose to skate to “Skyfall”.

      I like Adele but Skyfall isn’t may favorite.

  • Ms Anonymous

    Good grief. It was a shoulder holster for a PPK. It’s not like it was a real gun or anything.;

  • Green Eggs And Ted

    Bet if he was wearing a fake aborted fetus the left would be calling it “edgy” and “inspirational.” and I wonder, would they think that was a good message about America?

    • keyboard jockey

      The left goes to the wall over any vulgar display in the name of art….just ask Joyce Carol Oates./

      • froggy19510

        Joyce Carol Oates a true patron of the arts.

      • E Quilibrate

        I thought she was a vulgar display all by herself.

    • TheRealJackpineSavage

      Maybe some nice tampon earrings to round out the ensemble?

      • Douglas H Lang

        Ah, yes as sported by sissy spacek in carrie. Class accessories.

        • TheRealJackpineSavage

          I was thinking Melissa Harris Perry at MSLSD, but either, or. :op

    • plumberskid

      And his partner could dress as an over-grown va-jay-jay…

  • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

    I was going to say something about gunshots making figure skating more watchable, but…

    • H50 ✓RAT

      Awwwww, ‘cmon, say it.

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      Aww, c’mon. me and the missus always did like ice skating…or watching someone else doing it, anyway.

  • HARP2

    “Stand your ice” ?
    Well that’s one way to win.

    • Winger

      Figure skaters should be driven in front of us as we listen to their wails and lamentations. That applies to fans of figure skating as well. It’s dreadful.

      • linnilu

        Luckily you are not forced to watch, eh.

        • Winger

          And I don’t.

      • floridaobserver

        Sounds like you are talking about cattle. LOL

  • marion vega

    bond is a brit, so is England now one of the 57 states?

    • Stephen K

      We could ask Obama, but it’s not polite to disturb Him while He’s three-putting that latest green.

    • TexSizzle

      Possibly. Of the 3 he didn’t visit, AK and HI are in North America and the Pacific Ocean, and he didn’t specify the other, so England may be the other one of the 3.

  • WhoDat

    Because holsters kill people or something.

    • H50 ✓RAT

      Especially the empty ones, ya just never know when its going to jump off the wearer and decide to strangle someone…..

      • WhoDat

        Those things have a mind of their own sometimes.

        • H50 ✓RAT

          Ive seen it many times, its not pretty when inanimate objects decide to act on their homicidal tendencies. /
          Like when my toaster jumps out of the cupboard and heads for the street, the cord flying in the wind. I just know there is gonna be trouble….

          • Jay Stevens

            Is this like a music artist doing an album with acoustic instruments, you know, “Toaster, Unplugged”?

          • H50 ✓RAT


  • H50 ✓RAT

    LOL, This is too funny. They go nuts over an empty holster? Get over yourselves.

    • Winger

      They must really [email protected] a brick during hockey games with all those evil sticks.

      • H50 ✓RAT

        And those pucks, dont forget those violent bat rastards, they can knock yer teeth out! OMG!!!!

        • Winger

          And the masks!… OMG!!! Pure evil personified by filthly, global warming polystyrene and let’s not even get into the carbon footprint of the paint. And how do they keep that ice from melting?!?!?! BAN HOCKEY!

          • Jay Stevens

            Judging from your remarks about the ice routine, hypocrite much?

          • Winger

            Don’t judge me bro!

          • H50 ✓RAT

            So many things to crab about when it comes to violent inanimate objects!
            Does it ever end?????

      • Ukisociety Jones

        Global warmists, however, love hockey sticks.

      • E Quilibrate

        Those sticks would represent their fondness for the
        global warming theory, or hogwash maybe.

  • Cabover_Country

    OO7 is under attack by arch-enemy -F.A.G.G.
    “Facist American Gun Grabbers”

  • Lee Jan

    Costas can only see out of one eye. Maybe he won’t notice.

  • jim

    What a bunch of pansies. Just for that I’m going shooting today.

    • lonestar

      I’m gonna get one of the t-shirt holsters. They have some awesome conceal carry stuff out now.

  • almarquardt

    Says Amy: “. . . Not sure it sends the best message about America”

    Says me: “Yes. Yes it does.”

    • H50 ✓RAT

      It must come as quite a shock to the Russians to discover we have guns. ///

    • ceemack

      This IS the country of John Browning, John Garand and John Wayne, after all.

  • WisconsinPatriot

    What would Brian Boitano Do????

    • Winger

      Look for a gay bar in Sochi?

  • Guest

    Oh for the love of … It’s a James Bond song. What is seen in EVERY single James Bond opening theme in the films? Is it .. I dunno … a gun?!?! No FREAKIN’ way?!?!? The Walther PPK is one of the most recognized fire arms in history because of JB. And he isn’t wearing A GUN. He is wearing a HOLSTER. These idiots really don’t know what the hell they are looking at, do they? It’s not a firearm. It’s a holder for said firearm. Idiots.

  • Moue La Moue

    I had to come back to this. So, how many clips does that holster come with? And is it a high capacity clip? I mean, really? It’s a holster. They’re getting butthurt over a holster? Time to get you some better lube, ladies and gents.

  • GaryTheBrave

    It’ll be edited out for time.

  • Michael Hardy

    My word, we seem to have some tender little waifs amongst us, don’t we?

  • Jim_MAY

    Costas wears that same exact holster. Look under his coat.

    • Liz

      I think that might be a scarier proposition than staring down the barrel of the Walther PPK!!!!

  • 56Survivor

    Was this one of those dreaded Pop Tart guns?

    • Amanda Davis

      No, I believe it was it’s infinitely more terrifying cousin – the Finger Gun

  • Jack Deth

    If the skater were holding true to Bond and his earliest forays.

    The pistol should be a Colt .45 ACP. Ala ‘Doctor No’.

    Bond didn’t get all low caliber, PC and Euro trash with his Walther PPK and later, Beretta until ‘From Russia With Love’, ‘Goldfinger’ and beyond.

    • lonestar

      Hey, I love my ppk. Its the 1st gun I ever purchased, in honor of Sean Connery’s Bond.

      • Jack Deth

        I’m fond of my Walther P-38 which dates back to WWII.

        Chose it due to NBC’s ‘The Man from UNCLE’ and Robert Culp’s Kelly Robinson from ‘I Spy’.

    • Justin Levesque

      If I remember the Flemming novels correctly, Bond used a small caliber Beretta before the Walther. The Beretta was replaced because it jammed and nearly cost Bond his life.

      • Jack Deth

        The swap to Walther happened after ‘Casino Royale’, I believe.

        I’ve fired a number of .380 autos. The PPK included. Which “Q” described to Bond as “powerful enough to blow a man through a plate glass door.”

        Personally. Noise and recoil wise. They feel like cap guns compared to .38. .357 and .45.

        • NJHuguenot

          I like my .40s.


    Is anyone actually watching the NBC coverage?

  • Tom Armstrong

    The lefties have gone completely crackers. Not only do they not like looking at guns, they do not like looking at a piece of fabric or leather that is intended to hold a gun.

    Pretty soon we’ll be hearing Gabby Giffords and her dope husband campaigning for universal background checks on holsters. The rationale being that if you don’t have a thing to carry a gun, you won’t carry a gun.

  • froggy19510

    [email protected]

    I think US figure skating pairs man is wearing a gun holster. Not sure it sends the best message about America #Olympics
    Yes! It sends exactly the best message about America. It tells the world that “we” have the right to defend ourselves and our fellow citizens! It’s a good message, keep it going!

  • Lindakl

    I hope Bob Costas craps in his pants.

  • heyheythere

    Well, guys, don’t watch the biathlon, then!

    • I.m. Strandedinsonoma


    • ISOaPBR

      Isn’t that how a Swede robs a 7-Eleven?

    • Ice Cold Troll

      Ironically, “biathlon” sounds like something that might someday end up in that ludicrous kerblub “LBFBQTM-O-U-S-E” or whatever it is.

      “Yes, Bob, I came out as biathlon on my 26th birthday.”

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    I love how that one twit acts like the entire routine was a celebration of guns and gun culture just because Shnapir was wearing an empty holster to evoke images of James Bond.

  • 277Volt

    Might as well bitch about the metal in their skates. Guns are made of metal you know, what message does that send?

    We need to dull the blades too – sharp is bad. Maybe Clint Malarchuk can make a heartfelt PSA about the dangers of ice skates.

  • Charm7

    Hahahahahaha! Gotta love it!

  • Ya Dont Say?

    Hoplophobes. Do they pee down their leg when they encounter a cop?

    • lonestar

      They are the 1st ones to call the cops. Remember Bill Ayers calling the police in Chicago?

  • Cantbelieveyouthinkthis

    People still watch the Olympics? Who knew.

  • c2

    People are becoming so irrational (and brainwashed, frankly) about benign things like this. Scary. Much scarier than a freaking holster.

  • kblue905

    You’re really reaching for butt-hurt, when an empty holster sets you off!

  • SouthronCross

    LOL @ Bob Costas. His fake social outrage might be soewhat believeable, if he actually knew ANYTHING about the facts concerning gun crime in America.

  • terryhjones

    to shoulder-holster-haters – YOU try figure skating with an ankle holster. there are balance issues here.

  • alanhenderson

    The way things are over in that part of the world, if I were competing my bobsled would have a turret.

  • Ruth

    When lefties pile into a car does anyone call ‘Shotgun!’?

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Yeah…Crazy Uncle Joe Biden! XD Jawamax 8<{D}

      • Ice Cold Troll


      • Ruth

        Good one!

      • Ruth

        And then they all wet their pants and have to go home. : (

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    He made a gun shape with this hands! Arrest him!

  • idalily

    Put a gun in that holster, honey, and I might be glad to see ya.


    Wow, so now people are going to get worked up over a FAKE holster? Not even a REAL gun?

    If this bothers you, STFU.

  • $84598387

    There will be calls to disqualify him soon.
    Where is the Walther?

  • radicallyalyssa

    I really enjoy reading these articles a few hours after being posted – then I get to see all the deleted tweets from people saying stupid things.

  • Independentview

    If a skater came on the ice wrapped in the gay flag and urinated on the Constitution Bob Costas and the rest of the left would be screaming how it was the greatest Olympic moment ever.

    • MissDiane50

      Oh for the love of pete, don’t give ’em any ideas … please!!! Hahaha

    • san rafael blue

      To take your hypothetical situation literally, and for the skater to do EXACTLY as you describe, would be biologicallly impossible, maybe. (I know, I know you were just joking, but..)

  • Dennis the Dreamer


  • Jules C.

    So our U.S. Simon Shnapir skated on Thin Ice with Bob Costas who went OPPORTUNIST & gave his Personal, negative view on our Bill of Rights #2

  • porgiefirefighter

    That damn thing might go off and hurt somebody.

  • san rafael blue

    Coming next in The Olympics; Lifesized Pop Tarts shaped like pistols ON ICE!!!

  • Kaya Hund

    Good for the two skaters — we’re all talking about them!!

  • floridaobserver

    Uh, did no one think to mention that if Costas had pinkeye, it is contagious. Why is he out there spreading the virus? Why is the international community not complaining about biological warfare coming from the US of A commentator/reporter/whatever?

    • Ice Cold Troll

      Uhh…because I think it’s a hate crime to worry about virulent diseases spreading by physical contact or something.

  • spin43

    Many empty seats. Who are the main advertisers for the NATIONAL BARACK CHANNEL?

  • Captain J

    I don’t care that he was wearing a holster, but why was the American team at the Olympics doing a British character?

  • LordElrond09

    Lets just hope he doesn’t make his finger into a gun shape and shoot at the audience. We’ll have mass panic on our hands

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Methinks some people doth protesteth too much…Perhaps he’s wearing the Holster to help his on-ice posture? Doesn’t matter to me…Unless that Holster is the only thing he was wearing… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • John Howard

    never mind the fact James Bond is BRITISH…

  • val

    I sure hope that holster doesn’t go off and kill someone…AHH how stupid can you get people! It’s a HOLSTER! haha!

  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    Here’s an idea, from now on all movies made which have any sort of story where cops, military, spy dudes, special officers of any kind, etc in them will now have a banana in their pocket with which they will apprehend the criminals and fight the forces of evil.

    In the words of Monty Python, “Come at me with the banana!”

    • ISOaPBR

      Nice avatar/screen name. More like a fivehead if you ask me, but still pretty cool, especially if one throws out a Monty Python reference.


    I tell ya one thing: that’s the ONLY gun he’s carrying, if ya know what I mean

  • Travis Wolfeil

    Can you guess what else? He’s Jewish, and, he emigrated from the USSR to the US with his family when he was only 16 months old!

  • Jer

    I felt a great disturbance in the Force – millions of liberals, wetting themselves at once.

  • irishgirl91

    Was that an evil semi-automatic gun holster?

  • beachmom H

    I think they must be jealous that Shnapir looks so cool!

  • Tumbleweed

    Hope Bob has a melt down!

  • lowCal90

    The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.