Everyone wants to complain about the fact that Ralph Lauren had the U.S.A. Olympic Team uniforms manufactured in China. What else is new. Of course, a foreign country manufacturing yet another product used by Americans is an outrage, but if you find this surprising, you have not been paying attention.
What is a bit more surprising, though not completely out of left field, is the U.S.A. Olympic Committee’s approval of the feminine nature of the uniforms that Ralph Lauren designed. Considering the feminine nature of the fashion industry, it is not at all surprising that a contemporary fashion icon would design clothes for male Olympians that are more befitting a bunch of grade school boys and girls than some of America’s best male athletes.
Interestingly, of the photos shown in the men’s section, only six of forty model photos are of white men; only six. In Ralph Lauren’s mind, and with the approval of the U.S.A. Olympic Committee, the American Olympian is best represented as a black metrosexual who appears much more suited to a role on the perverse pro-homosexual television program Glee than to a role on the United States Olympic Team.