Germany made sure all eyes were on their athletes at the 2014 Olympic opening ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7, thanks to their colourful threads.
The rainbow of blue, green, yellow, red and white immediately drew thoughts towards Russia's anti-gay sentiments which have become a backdrop to the Games. (The rainbow is known for being a symbol of gay pride.)
So were the bright outfits a big "F U" to the host nation? Not according to the outfit's designer, Willy Bogner.
Back in October when the outfits were revealed, Bogner told Der Spiegel that there was no political message to the outfits.
Instead, they were intended to celebrate “the great atmosphere” of the 1972 Summer Games in Munich.
A spokesperson for the German Olympic Sports Confederation told Die Tageszeitung that "the uniforms are not a protest," and that the jackets were designed before the controversy over Russia's anti-gay laws began.
However, the outfits are getting a huge and positive reaction on Twitter.
Clever Germany. Dressed as rainbows but it's 'not a protest.' Team GB should've gone as hot-panted cowboys for y'know, no reason. #bbcsochi— Tiernan Douieb (@TiernanDouieb) February 7, 2014
However others did not see the outfits as a stance against anti-gay laws.
@HuffPostCaStyle I don't think so (it's still a good outfit). I just hope the countries can disregard this trouble and focus on the sport!— Janine Maral (@JanineMaral) February 7, 2014
@HuffPostCaStyle I see creativity.— Fatema (@silverlily786) February 7, 2014
What do you think? Are Germany's Olympic opening ceremony outfits a political statement? Sound off in the comments below.
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