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Nike Pulls Controversial Tattoo Print Sportswear!

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Nike pulls tattoo-like tights after sparking controversy with indigenous peoples!

Ruh-roh!!

Nike recently released a new line of women’s sportswear that based its patterns off of sacred Samoan male tattoos, and many Polynesians were NOT pleased!!

What’s more, the design was definitely not accidental — Nike specifically posted on their blog the following description of the line:

“The NTM (Nike Tight of the Moment) gets all fancy pants again, this time looking to the tattoos of Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand for the latest head-turning design, the Nike Pro Tattoo Tech tights (and sports bra and bodysuit). Each piece features a black base, with striking white graphics that are aesthetically informed by the indigenous groups of the abovementioned countries.”

Some of the comments that ensued after the post even cited the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to tell Nike how culturally insensitive their move was!

The gist of most of the outrage was as one commenter wrote:

"I am 100% Samoan and I find Nike's blatant disrespect and profit over my culture's way of life shameless and irreverent. The tatau is thousands of years old with a tradition of honor and you have reduced it to $80 Spanx. Remove at once!”

The patterns that Nike used are based off the traditional Pe'a: waist-to-knee tattoos that are painfully inked into the skin using sharpened boar's teeth and pieces of turtle shell.

The "tatau" is considered a rite of passage and a skill that's been passed from father to son for thousands of years, so we can see why the patterns aren’t taken lightly!

Nike is certainly no stranger to controversy and has since obliged to the onslaught by removing the items from their site.

You can view what the activewear looked like below!

[Image via Nike.]

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Just Married! Elle Macpherson & Jeffrey Soffer Tie The Knot In Fiji!

Elle Macpherson has made things official with her billionaire beau Jeffrey Soffer in a Fiji wedding ceremony!

Two of the MANY perks of marrying a billionaire: a MASSIVE rock and an island wedding!!

Five months after 49-year-old Elle Macpherson and her billionaire 43-year-old Jeffery Soffer got engaged, the two tied the knot over the weekend in a private, intimate ceremony.

The romantic occasion was held on the ever-gorgeous island of Fiji, where the former Fashion Star host and her main man were joined by close family and friends.

We cannot WAIT for more details and pics of what was surely a lavish affair!

Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Soffer!!

[Image via Getty Images/WENN.]

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Oprah Gives Thanks To Military Spouses In The Form Of…

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All hail the almighty Oprah!

Last night, Mz. Winfrey aired her highly anticipated Oprah’s Favorite Things special on OWN… and if you were too tuned into the AMAs, we’ve got one of the BEST parts here!

Not only did Mama O reveal her favorite things for some very much deserving military spouses, she also surprised them with a trip of a lifetime!

Check out the special gift of Oprahtic proportions (above)!!!

Aww!!! We love to see the reactions — especially from the woman shedding her scarf in preparation for the Fiji surprise! LOLz!

We’re glad Oprah was able to spread some joy and give back this holiday season — we knew she couldn't possibly let us down!

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Rachel And Hayden Star In Limo Madness!

Rachel Bilson Limo For LAX With Hayden
Hayden Driveway Bilson LAX Limo

We wish, LOLz!!

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen packed blankets and pillows in a luxurious limousine and rode from Los Feliz to LAX yesterday!!

We assume they were leaving on a jet plane … but we don't know when they'll be back again!

Are they island bound — a Fijian adventure, perhaps?

Maybe they made like Harold & Kumar and flew to Jersey to snag some delicious White Castle?

Is it possible they just LOVE a good frisking at TSA checkpoints!!

Your guess is as good as ours!!

[Image via National Photo Group.]

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Fiji Water Re-Opens Its Doors In Fiji

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Fiji Water company re-opens factory in Fiji

Good news Fiji fans!

The "Fiji" is staying in Fiji Water.

Just days after shutting down operations and laying off over 400 employees in the south pacific nation of Fiji, the Fiji Water company has re-opened its doors.

The U.S. owned water company closed its bottling plant in the country 2 days ago after Fiji's military-led regime imposed a hefty tax hike.

After the company's lawyers met Tuesday with the country's Attorney General and prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, Fiji Water said in a short statement:

"Fiji Water will reopen its bottling plant, effective Wednesday morning, Dec. 1, at its regular start up time of 8 a.m. Through our discussions, we have also agreed to comply with Fiji's new water tax law."

Fiji's government had announced it was imposing a new tax rate of 15 cents per liter on companies extracting more than 3.5 million liters (920,000 gallons) of water a month, of which Fiji Water was the only company doing so.

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Fiji Water Shutting Down Operations In Fiji

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Fiji Water Shuts Down Operations In Fiji

The “Fiji” is about to be removed from Fiji water.

The bottled water company announced that it’s closing operations in Fiji after the country proposed a substantially increased the tax on extraction of the water. The tax hike won’t take effect until 2011, but will increase tax from ⅓ a cent to 15 cents a liter.

Prices aren’t the only thing causing Fiji to abandon ship — a week ago David Roth, the Fiji Water Director of External Affairs, was deported from Fiji. The Fiji government claims that he was engaging in activities outside of his work permit.

The company’s plans are uncertain for now, but they have a backup spring in New Zealand that they may need to rely on.

If you’re a fan of Fiji Water, you better start stocking up now — it may not be around for much longer!

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