U.S. Olympic uniforms made in China “; Members claim that should be burned (2012-07-13)
Official uniform of the U.S. Olympic delegation in London is full of classic American style, recently peruse, on the critically acclaimed, however, because of its “Made in China”, and the accident caused a storm, some U.S. lawmakers criticized the ranks in the 12th U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told: should all be burning.
The official uniform of the July 10 debut of the U.S. Olympic delegation in London, penned personally by the founder of the famous clothing brand in the United States, Ralph Lauren (RalphLauren), its tone, adhering to the usual “flag Fan children, red, white and blue white with fresh and bright, full of retro navy style, no matter from which side are filled with the full “American taste”.
However, the media discovered these uniforms on the label, the words “Made in China”, the report, immediately aroused the United States in an uproar. Fox News, a report said: “The Olympics have not even begun, China has been from the United States won the gold medal – through the creation of the uniforms worn by the U.S. team during the opening ceremony.”
On the 12th, some members of Congress this to criticize, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the most intense. Said in a press conference: “I think: the U.S. Olympic Committee should be ashamed for their own … In my opinion: they should withdraw all of the uniforms, they are a great heap, and burned them, and then, from scratch again. ”
“I hope they wear only hand-painted ‘USA’ label uniforms in the United States, we are also eager to get these jobs, the people who work in the textile industry,” Reid said.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi also said, “We are very proud of our Olympic athletes … they should wear the uniforms of American-made.”
New York State Democratic Party, Mr Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel, the same day a joint letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee to require all future U.S. team Olympic uniforms shall be produced by American workers, adding that the Olympic clothing is manufactured in the U.S. for the U.S. economy $ 1,000,000,000 in revenue.
Gillibrand said: “When the best athletes in the United States on behalf of our country, standing on the world stage … from scratch, to the foot, the U.S. team must be ‘Made in USA’.”
Steve Israel said: “We are American athletes during the Olympics, wearing uniforms made in China, would be shameful, we should promote American-made products, and support our domestic manufacturers and workers. I urge the United States Olympic Authority restart reconsider its decision. ”
U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement, responded by saying: “Unlike the rest of the world Olympic delegation, the U.S. Olympic delegation is sponsored by private, we would like to thank the support of our sponsors and we also proud partnership with Ralph Lauren, this is an iconic American company. ”
Sandusky in their personal Twitter, asked to respond to users, said: “All the discussion on Olympic uniforms made in China are meaningless, Ralph Lauren is a support for the U.S. athletes.” he asked, said: “I’m just curious, you are wearing the clothes where manufacturing?”
In the book of the official face of Ralph Lauren, many users a message, express their dissatisfaction, and some even threatened to boycott the clothing brand. For this storm, the company simply responded by saying: these uniforms, and embodies the “American sport and the spirit of sport”.
A voice of opposition, it was criticism of the spirit of this “free market”, and Sports Without Borders, runs counter to the Olympic clothing “politicization” is quite ridiculous.
Los Angeles Times editorial Paul Whitefield, the same day published an article, said Reed, who remarks, but was “posturing”, and hinted: This recently by both presidential candidates on “outsourcing” debate. , Whitefield, wrote: “No matter what clothes to wear, I will fully support the U.S. Olympic team, I will be watching their performance through my ‘Made in China’ TV.”