Everything was fine a few weeks ago, when the Today Show had USA Olympians modeling this years attire to be worn at the 2012 summer Olympics. With days approaching the opening of the games, controversy has erupted.
I guess someone noticed the tag? Made in China! You mean the USA uniforms are not being made in the U.S.? What a shock? Really? Well, not really. Who in the U.S. is really surprised? But, this is the Olympic games! You’d think the U.S. would follow through with its support of our country and athletes by making their uniforms “Made In The USA.”
Many politicians are upset over this. Did they forget about the North American Free Trade Agreement(NAFTA)? With our manufacturing base eroding as it is, why would you be so surprised? Who’s wearing a tag inscribed “Made In The USA” much anymore? Give your tags a look over. The U.S. is not a country that makes much anymore. They rely on the cheap labor and sweat shops of China, Indonesia, and elsewhere around the globe.
Ralph Lauren manufactured all the 2012 U.S. Olympic team uniforms in China. Since they’ve experienced a major backlash, Ralph Lauren has pledged to manufacture the uniforms for the next Olympics(2014), in the U.S. The New York Times pointed out on Friday that Ralph Lauren moved most of its manufacturing to China more than a decade ago and has been the official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic team since 2008.
All of the uniforms are already finished, so it’s too late to make a change this year. Hopefully Ralph Lauren will satisfy a lot of people and have these uniforms manufactured back in the U.S. beginning with the 2014 Olympics.
Does it matter to you whether your country makes your teams uniforms or not? Shouldn’t this be a given? What are your thoughts?