And the backlash continues!
Ralph Lauren is being raked over the coals by politicians for making Team USA's Olympic uniforms in China.
Lawmakers from both parties are speaking out about this issue, and they’re not mincing words.
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D., NY) stated:
"When America’s best athletes are representing our country on the world stage, we should be representing the best of American-made goods. The pride of our Olympic athletes goes hand-in-hand with the pride in American innovation and manufacturing. We shouldn’t be going to the world stage with anything less. From head to toe, Team USA must be made in America."
Rep. Steve Israel (D., N.Y.) said:
"It is disgraceful that our American athletes will be wearing Chinese-made uniforms during the Olympics. We should be promoting American-made goods and supporting our domestic manufacturers and laborers."
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., CA) said the uniforms should be "made in America" and House Speaker John Boehner (R., OH) thinks the committee should have known better.
The one who had the harshest words, was Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., NV.), who said they should start over on the uniforms, after burning them all! He fumed:
"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. If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, then that’s what they should wear."
Ralph Lauren has yet to comment on the situation, but a U.S. Olympic Committee member did, saying that since the Olympic Team is funded privately and they are grateful for their sponsors' support.
Hmm. Guess money trumps international embarrassment.
What do U think???
[Image via Ralph Lauren.]
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