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Lawmakers Rip Ralph Lauren 'Made in China' U.S. Olympic Uniforms; Harry Reid Wants Them Burned: VIDEO

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Democratic and Republican lawmakers are equally outraged over Ralph Lauren's Olympic uniforms which are entirely made in China. The AP:

Reid"I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on taxes.

"If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, then that's what they should wear," he said, referring to an athletic jersey.

The U.S. Olympic Committee defended its choice:

"Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. "We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America's finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London."

Watch lawmakers sound off, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Why are they so upset?? "Made in China" is the American way. I wonder where American flags are produced.

    Posted by: Boone | Jul 13, 2012 10:57:24 AM


  2. Take away the beret and the polo logo and the uniforms would be very chic. The beret makes them look like 1930s fascists.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | Jul 13, 2012 11:02:09 AM


  3. Too bad if legislators don't like USA Olympic uniforms. If the US government paid to support athletes, like other countries do, then maybe the USA could have a say. But as it stands, legislation prevents our government from providing financial support for Olympic athletes. You can't have it both ways Mr Reid.

    Posted by: Fred | Jul 13, 2012 11:10:27 AM


  4. I seriously doubt the USOC will dump the uniforms. But I would love to see our athletes put black tape over the pony ad on the front as a silent but visible protest.

    Posted by: Neil | Jul 13, 2012 11:22:23 AM


  5. If the government wanted to pay for something positive instead of defense contracts they could have them made here. If you didn't buy them then you can't complain about them.

    Posted by: andy | Jul 13, 2012 11:52:47 AM


  6. Those threads are FUGLY.
    And the corporate logo is repulsive.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jul 13, 2012 12:16:20 PM


  7. Whatever. Dems and especiall Repubs BOTH helped in a lot of industry being shipped to India, China, Mexico and more.

    Don't try to feign patriotism now!

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jul 13, 2012 12:16:33 PM


  8. But
    EVERYTHING
    is
    made
    in
    CHINA
    !

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jul 13, 2012 12:23:34 PM


  9. I like a politician with a spine. Harry has one and isn't afraid to show it. Good for him, good for us and I hope this brings more light on the issues of manufacturing in the USA. Honestly, Ralph, think a little! What a stupid move for a company based on American style to blow this one so badly. Yup, we've all got stuff from China but it would be just as embarassing if the uniforms were made in Mexico or India.

    Posted by: dave | Jul 13, 2012 1:12:38 PM


  10. I like a politician with a spine. Harry has one and isn't afraid to show it. Good for him, good for us and I hope this brings more light on the issues of manufacturing in the USA. Honestly, Ralph, think a little! What a stupid move for a company based on American style to blow this one so badly. Yup, we've all got stuff from China but it would be just as embarassing if the uniforms were made in Mexico or India.

    Posted by: dave | Jul 13, 2012 1:12:41 PM


  11. I am sure if it is made in Italy no one in congress would complain. A bought congress will always have their eyes on the money.

    Posted by: david | Jul 13, 2012 1:33:15 PM


  12. Epic fail. Posturing by politicos aside, the PC thing to do would have been to have the uniforms made in the USA. Also, the wise PR move for RLwould have been to spend more on the uniforms, if necessary, and make it up elsewhere. As it is, they've gotten bad press, and the huge logo is pathetic and ugly and any clothing intended for public sale will end up remaindered to Ross Dress for Less in record-breaking time.

    Posted by: AZEXPAT | Jul 13, 2012 1:33:54 PM


  13. I see nothing more wrong then usual with the uniforms this year. Perhaps the "hard working" congress should considering government funding like most other countries do if they want to object.                                       Every country should  wear what they want for marching into the stadium.                                                       However, the ancient Greeks had it right in wearing nothing. Perhaps they felt that by doing so they would all compete on a equal basis. Certainly they knew that the athletic human body was something to be proud of.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 13, 2012 1:33:55 PM


  14. Tres Chic, but honestly, a Polo logo on the front??

    Posted by: anon | Jul 13, 2012 1:51:50 PM


  15. To touch on something else mentioned here the Olympic Committee's response is ridiculous, "Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. Okay, and that being the case find another sponsor. I am sure there are TONS out there but they are in the pocket of unstylish Ralph Freakin Lauren now. What a lame excuse.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Jul 13, 2012 3:18:38 PM


  16. Ralph Lauren is a prominent contributor to President Obama and the Democratic Party.

    According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Lauren has given $7,300 to Obama since 2008, and more than $35,000 to the Democratic National Committee.

    Posted by: Inside | Jul 13, 2012 4:02:00 PM


  17. Consider these facts:

    The "uniforms" were DONATED.

    Polo/Ralph Lauren is an AMERICAN Corporation.

    The opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics for which these "uniforms" are intended is an entertainment extravaganza.

    They are not really "uniforms," they are costumes.

    I once asked a Polo rep why the "player" was so large. We were talking about the Wimbledon items. The rep stated that the logo is large so that it can be picked up by the media cameras.

    Yes, it is tacky.

    Posted by: Anon | Jul 13, 2012 4:20:56 PM


  18. @Opinionated, Actually there are not TONS of sponsors looking to donate the uniforms for the US Olympic team. In 2002 there was a small controversy that Roots, a Canadian company made the uniforms for the USA Olympic team. No US company sponsored the uniforms that year. After the controversy, Ralph Lauren became the official outfitter.

    Posted by: reacenyc | Jul 13, 2012 5:13:37 PM


  19. Huh? What's more American than wearing cheap clothes made overseas and then sold at an unbelievable mark-up? Sounds like it represents America pretty well. I'd love to take a look and see where his suit was made, how old the person who sewed it was, and how much they were paid.

    Posted by: Morgan | Jul 13, 2012 6:02:56 PM


  20. American Apparel now has four years to work on what they might be willing to donate the next time around... if they're still in business.

    Posted by: GAL | Jul 13, 2012 6:17:32 PM


  21. The question is whether or not Ralph Lauren donated all or some of the items (doubtful)or if the US Olympic Committee paid Ralph Lauren for the uniforms. If the uniforms were donated by Lauren, then there's not a whole lot to fuss about, as we the taxpayers aren't paying for the Olympic team or their uniforms/equipment/upkeep. If the Olympic Committee did purchase the uniforms from Lauren, then it was a remarkably dim-witted move. They definitely should have financially supported the American textile business in that case.

    Posted by: scott | Jul 13, 2012 9:34:02 PM


  22. I agree with Sen Harry Reid. Not only were the uniforms made in China, they look foreign. No self respecting American athlete would choose to dress like that. I agree with Jim. Ralph Lauren = cheaply made, overpriced Chinese crap.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 14, 2012 12:38:19 AM


  23. The look great, but it's completely unacceptable that they were produced outside the US.

    Posted by: Tarc | Jul 14, 2012 1:12:31 AM


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