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Gisele's Olympics Opening Ceremony Catwalk Stirs Controversy

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Gisele Bündchen's walk at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony had some viewers wondering if she should inspire a new Olympic event, and others pondering why it was necessary in the first place.

The the Brazilian supermodel came out of retirement to walk a very long catwalk to the song "The Girl from Ipanema" during Friday's opening ceremony.

The strut definitely got people talking – and Googling.

According to Google Trends, following her uber long walk across the stage, searches for Bündchen's name topped its trending list.

But some viewers cringed at the model being featured so prominently.

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Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen's walk across the stage at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony got mixed reactions from the public. (Photo: Franck Fife/Getty Images)

Feminist commentator Letícia Bahia criticized optics of the strut to New York Times article, saying the choice to have Bündchen represent Brazil fails to display the country's racial diversity.

“What does it say about a mixed-race country, boasting about its pride over miscegenation, to choose a supermodel who is white, ultraskinny, blond and blue-eyed to represent the women of Brazil?” Bahia told the Times.

Other viewers were very pointed about the segment calling it flat-out "dumb."

NBC also faced some flack over its generous camera cuts to the supermodel in the audience. That, among many other gripes Americans had with the network's broadcast. (Three cheers for Canada.)

Of course, some people weren't super jazzed over the model's final sashay.

What do you think?

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