When Fashion & Politics Mix

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As the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony approaches next week, uproar continues over the team USA uniforms. News watchers, Ralph Lauren aficionados and sports fans have most likely heard all the scandalous details; for those of you who live under a rock (bookworms and Emos), listen up…

The iconic fashion designer who turned East Coast Prep into East Coast Chic has been slammed for suiting our athletes in products labeled “Made in China.” Naturally the Olympic games foster country pride and unity. Therefore people believe that sending out athletes in non-American made clothing will undermine the spirit of the Olympics. U.S. politicians have voiced their outraged on the topic and have even suggested we remake the clothing here in the United States. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada dramatically stated “They should take all the outfits, put them in a big pile and burn them, and start all over.” And six of our finest Senators have taken it upon themselves to propose the “Team USA Made in America Act of 2012” which states that all future Olympic garments must be produced in the United States.

While it’s hardly a surprise that Senator Reid and other Democrats are proposing solutions that throw U.S money down the drain, the talk on remaking U.S uniforms seems slightly ridiculous. Fashion comes with a price – over $700 dollars for one Olympic Team double breasted blazer – and when our country is trillions of dollars in debt we are going to have to settle for one-of-a-kind pieces from an internationally-renowned designer that were made in another country. And while I support a future change to U.S made uniforms, the 2008 and 2010 uniforms were also made abroad; this reaction in 2012 seems somewhat foolish.

Honestly my main issue is not where the uniforms were made but what they look like. I mean seriously, a beret? Disregard the American flag in the photo above and you could mistake our team for the French. Not to mention the Ralph Lauren symbol is on the left side over the heart and is bigger than the American flag on the opposing right side. Not quite sure what look Ralph Lauren was going for…but hey, kudos to the guy for securing his own great product placement.

We’ll have to wait and see if the “Team USA Made in America Act” passes. Until then, good luck to all the Olympic Athletes (yes, even the Chinese) and have a great Olympic season.

Posted by Chloe

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