This year’s winter Olympics have been subject of controversial material regarding gay rights and Russia’s views on homosexuality. However, after Germany revealed their colorful uniforms for the Winter Olympics team, spectators are wondering if the rainbow-themed uniforms are making a statement.
Spiegel Online reported that the colorful uniforms were revealed at a runway show that took place in Düsseldorf on Tuesday. Their intrepid color choice has sparked numerous reactions leading many to believe that Germany is, in fact, making a statement against anti-gay laws in Russia.
Created by a German designer, Willy Bogner, and matched with Adidas shoes, the new uniform features most of the colors available on the visible spectrum. According to Bogner, the design is a "celebratory design, inspired by the great atmosphere of the times”. The official description of the uniform even states that the uniforms, in fact, "were created using colors and materials specially tailored to the conditions in Sochi".
Naturally, this would lead many to believe that Germany is protesting the many laws Russia has in tact against gay rights and homosexual interaction. However, The Huffington Post shared that The German Olympic Sports Administration, also known as DSOB, claims that "the uniforms are not a protest,” and that the bright uniforms hold o significance to being pro-gay. The director of DSOB specified, "this is just a fashionable jacket”.
Whatever the case may be, there is no doubt that Russia has not been the most welcoming in terms of equality for the Olympic games. Although the mayor or Sochi welcomed “gays”, a spectator waving a rainbow flag was then detained by Olympic security. However, Dmitry Chernyshenko, a native from Russia and fan of the Olympics posted a picture of rainbow colored gloves with the Olympics logo claiming to “unite the games”.
— Dmitry Chernyshenko (@DChernyshenko) October 2, 2013
Whether or not the uniforms are making a statement without actually admitting it, the intriguing uniforms are nevertheless attention grabbing and have brought about the subject of gay rights regardless, therefore, making quite a statement.