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German Sochi Olympic Uniforms: Pro-Gay Protest Or Just A 'Colorful' Choice?

When we first saw this image of Germany's official Winter Olympics uniforms they didn't immediately pop out to us as a piece of pro-gay propaganda. Sure, they're colorful, but who says color is a political statement?

And then we saw this image:

And we've gotta say, we'd be hard-pressed not to argue that the Germans are serving some full on Roy G. Biv realness!!

According to Spiegel, German designer Willy Bogner claims the colorful design is an homage to the aesthetics of the 1972 Munich Summer Games and says he wanted to create a "celebratory design, inspired by the great atmosphere of the times." 

The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), is distancing itself from any potential accusations of "pro-gay propaganda." DOSB spokesperson, Christian Klaue explicitly says, "the uniforms are not a protest," and explains that the designs had been finalized before the protests against Russia's anti-gay law had started.

Michael Vesper, general director of the DOSB, affirms this saying, "This is just a fashionable jacket."

We'll be the judge of what's fashionable, sir!

Still it appears that many aren't convinced. Spiegel notes that many commenters took to Twitter with their critique: 

On Twitter, German users interpreted the uniforms "as a rainbow pattern" and as a "clear political statement." "Looks great, like a gay and lesbian pride parade," wrote one user. "Extremely hideous -- but a well-intentioned move supporting the rights of gays and lesbians," wrote another.

What do you think, Instincters? Is this a sly, albeit  in-your-face, show of support for the LGBT community--or simply a colorful (and debatable) aesthetic choice?


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