Did you know every single piece of apparel to be worn by the U.S. Olympic team at the opening ceremonies was made in China? That's right. The runners, swimmers and others will be sporting Ralph Lauren blazers, slacks and berets made in China.
This jaw-dropping news comes at a time when U.S. unemployment remains fixed above eight percent and American textile workers are literally starving for work.
To make matters even worse, the U.S. Olympic Committee doesn't care. When confronted with the facts, a USOC spokesperson said, “The U.S. Olympic Committee is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors. We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company.” No apology. No explanation. More like a “…take your patriotism and shove it!”
The USOC's decision, and subsequent justification of it, qualifies as dumb and dumber. It's the equivalent of reputational suicide. And, the person who made it is either desperate for dollars, completely clueless or has been smoking some serious Chinese-made opium.
But, having gotten into bed with Chinese apparel makers, why stop there? Why not also provide our U.S. athletes with:
– Cuban cigars
– Belgian chocolates
– Swiss Birkenstocks
– Mexican sombreros
– Japanese kimonos
In fact, why bother equipping U.S. athletes with anything at all associated with America? I'd go the full bore on this one and rename the U.S. Olympic Committee itself. I can think of a few, new appropriate names:
– The Benedict Arnold Olympic Committee
– The America Last Olympic Committee
– The United Nations Olympic Committee
How about you? What other foreign-made accessories would you provide to our team? And, what new moniker would you hang on this shameful lot of executives who outsource apparel to foreign countries?
There ought to be a law against something like this.
And a tip o' RepMan's American made hat to Greg Schmalz for this idea.