Team USA to be decked out in attire made in China
Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:54:15 GMT —
When America's Olympic athletes enter the stadium for the opening ceremony of the 2012 games in London, they will wear uniforms in the right colors - red, white and blue - but it's the label on their clothing that has many Americans upset.
The Olympic outfits were made in China.
They may have been designed by an American - Ralph Lauren - but many patriotic souls say the Team's USA's uniforms don't look very American (those berets look a little French, they say).
And the uniforms' labels all say "made in China", right down to the shoes.
An Horry County man who has a website devoted to finding made in America products says there's just no excuse for it.
Skip MacKenna said it's wrong, it's appalling, but it figures.
"Everybody wants the cheapest they can find. You know, we make a lot of good uniforms right here in the United States."
MacKenna said people automatically assume products made in America will be more expensive, but that's not necessarily true.
He shows off his made in the USA New Balance sneakers that he says are cheaper than others manufactured overseas.
Other local people are equally appalled by team USA's offshore outfits.
Commenting on NewsChannel 15's Facebook page, Nancy Webber wrote, "Sad to say, there is hardly anything people can buy that is made in the USA!"
"We've sent everything to other countries, including our pride," Brenda Munnerlyn added
And Linda Snelling summed it up, "Someone really screwed up."
MacKenna said the global market is fine and he's in favor of it, but the answer shouldn't always be jumping on products made on the other side of the world.
"There's no reason that we have to give our country away 100 percent of the time."
Politicians were quick to respond. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the uniforms ought to be tossed into a big pile and burned.
House Speaker John Boehner said, "You'd think they'd know better."
In response, the US Olympic committee told ABC news, "..The U.S. Olympic Team 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..."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.