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Why are these pants so controversial? Published: August 15, 2013

Nike halted production on a line of sportswear on Wednesday after an outcry that the designs were culturally insensitive, according to Yahoo Shine.

The site reports the women’s running tights, bodysuit and sports brad in Nike Pro Tattoo Tech line were decorated with a pattern based on Samoan tattoos called pe’a, which are traditionally reserved for men.

“To the outside world it’s just a design,” a commenter wrote on a petition that was launched to protest the sale of the items. “But to my Polynesian people, it’s sacred.”

H/T: Yahoo!
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