Not only are the Ralph Lauren designed uniforms for the US Olympic team drab and emblazoned with the company's logo, they're also made entirely in China. The political powers-that-be are not amused.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined the chorus yesterday in a dramatic fashion. He thinks the current outfits should be burned and the athletes can swear speedos handpainted by Appalachian coal miners or something.
The Olympic Committee is having none of it and defended their pick of Ralph Lauren. They conveniently overlook that no one is objecting to their pick of designer - only where the uniforms were made.
In a statement, the U.S. Olympic Committee defended the choice of designer Ralph Lauren for the clothing at the London Games, which begin later this month.
"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."
On Twitter, Sandusky called the outrage over the made-in-China uniforms nonsense. The designer, Sandusky wrote, "financially supports our team. An American company that supports American athletes."
"It is not just a label, it's an economic solution," said Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. "Today there are 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs in this country and the Olympic committee is outsourcing the manufacturing of uniforms to China? That is not just outrageous, it's just plain dumb. It is self-defeating."