Somewhere over the rainbow, indeed: Germany’s Olympic uniforms may or may not be a direct response to anti-gay Russia. The outfits, which feature a prominent rainbow gradient, are being taken by some as an aggressive protest against the hosting nation’s even more aggressive institutional homophobia.
There is some serious power-clashing going on here: and I don’t only mean with the bold color choices being made by designer Willy Bogner, who claims that he was inspired not by current socio-political issues, but the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics. However, the official description of the outfits is slightly more ambiguous: The outfits “were created using colors and materials specially tailored to the conditions in Sochi.” By “conditions in Sochi” did they mean the banning of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” targeted at minors or the chilly winter atmosphere?
According to spiegel.de German Officials are straight up denying that any political sentiment is being expressed in their sartorial decisions: The DOSB spokesperson, Christian Klaue, told Die Tageszeitung that “the uniforms are not a protest,” and said that the designs had been finalized before the Russia protests had even begun. Michael Vesper, general director of the DOSB, said, “This is just a fashionable jacket.”
Fashionable?! Well, that’s your opinion, girl.