There’s some controversy surrounding the upcoming Oympics, all over U.S. Olympians’ uniforms.
According to the Associated Press, uniforms for the 2012 U.S. athletes are trademark American red, white and blue, but are made in … China. And, that has members of Congress fuming.
Republicans and Democrats are up-in-arms over the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to dress the U.S. team in Chinese-manufactured berets, blazers and pants while the industry is struggling within the U.S. with American workers desperate for jobs.
“I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on taxes. “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.”
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi added, via her weekly news conference, that while she’s proud of the nation’s Olympic athletes, “they should be wearing uniforms that are made in America.”
The U.S. Olympic Committee defended their choice of designer Ralph Lauren for the clothing at the London Games, via a statement, saying they were “grateful” from the support from sponsors.
“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.”
Furthermore, Sandusky called the outrage over the made-in-China uniforms nonsense on Twitter. He said Laureyn “financially supports our team. An American company that supports American athletes.”