United States athletes should band together and refuse to wear the Ralph Lauren-designed Olympic uniforms that were manufactured in China. Especially considering our fragile economy and the protests by American manufacturers, who indicate that the uniforms would be more inexpensively produced here.
The 2012 Summer Olympics begin July 27 in London, England.
The uniforms, which include berets and blue blazers, are hideous and inappropriate to begin with and have little marketing appeal. They resemble comical yacht-club outfits combined with odd Eurostyle headgear. And to force American athletes to wear outfits that are not only ugly but made in a country that has stolen millions of jobs from us, is a cold slap in the face of our struggling nation. Our American textile industry is dying and its workers are desperate for jobs and we parade before the world in Chinese uniforms? The shame!
Democratic lawmakers have been in the forefront of urging the uniforms be reconsidered.
“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,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“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.
“It is not just a label, it’s an economic solution,” said New York Congressman Steve Israel. “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.”
Israel called on the United States Olympic Committee to reverse the decision and create uniforms for American athletes that are made in America.
Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio and New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand, sent missives to the USOC complaining about the Chinese manufactured uniforms. Brown suggested that a Hugo Boss plant in Ohio be used to manufacture the outfits.
If America’s athletes refuse to wear the Chinese uniforms it would become a teaching moment for our country, reminding viewers that this nation thrives when we band together and stand up for American workers. Help me call on the participating athletes to wear American-made street clothes to the opening ceremonies instead of the Chinese-made uniforms.
Here are a list of Facebook pages where you can leave comments for our athletes and urge them not to wear the Chinese Polo uniforms:
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