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It’s pretty safe to say that you can’t have an event like the Olympics without a little controversy. With such a group of diverse people, you never know what is going to happen.

On Sunday, the Russian Ice Dancing Duo, Dominia and Shalbalin turned heads with their cultural interpretation of an Aboriginal Dance. The pair wore red loin cloths, leaves planted all over their bodies, and dark-skinned body suits with tribal war paint on them and everyone took notice. Many Australians were offended, especially those who work and advocate for the rights of Aboriginal peoples.

According to NBC, Austrailian natives deemed the performance as “inaccurate, inauthentic, and insensitive.”

Their coach, Natalia Linichuk, responded to public outcry by saying, “Aboriginal, it translates from Latin language, it’s from the beginning. We try to represent a picture of this time when Aboriginal people start being in the world. It’s no customs, no country, nothing.” Linichuk also explained¬† that the dance moves and costumes were not meant to be offensive.

So what does everyone else think? Offensive or not offensive? Yay or Nay? It is also worth mentioning that the Russians took home the Bronze Medal in ice dancing, just one day after their offensive routine was aired.

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