China-Made U.S. Olympic Uniforms Cause Controversy
NEW YORK — The U.S. uniforms for the opening ceremonies at the 2012 Olympics games are causing a firestorm. It’s not the colors or style that’s has some up in arms. It’s where the clothes were made.
“I am so upset that I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves,” said Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren include blazers, trousers and a French-style beret in red, white and blue. But it’s not the designer’s style that has left many angered. It’s that the uniforms were made in china.
A number of lawmakers are pointing fingers at the Olympic committee’s decision to manufacture the wardrobes overseas while the American textile industry struggles and many workers are desperate for jobs.
“You think they would know better,” said Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi echoed the same sentiments.
“They should be wearing uniforms that are made in America,” she said.
In the wake of the controversy, the U.S. olympic committee has released a statement defending Ralph Lauren. It reads in part: “All this talk about Olympic uniforms made in China is nonsense. Polo RL is an American company that supports American athletes”
But the sentiment is not enough to calm Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” he said. “If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, that is what they should wear.”
Ralph Lauren also is dressing the paralympic teams for the closing ceremony and providing casual clothes to be worn around the Olympic village. The company has declined to comment on the criticism.
FOX News’ Marianne Rafferty contributed to this report.