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China: Team USA uniform brouhaha "blasphemy on the Olympic spirit"

"... and a show of ignorance," added a tough-minded commentary from the country's state-run news agency.
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Ralph Lauren created Team USA's all-American look, minus the all-American label. (YouTube/YouTube)

China's Xinhua today issued a smackdown response to the controversy caused by team USA's made-in-China Olympic uniforms, reported Reuters.

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The news that the American team's Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms were actually produced in China raised a ruckus in America last week, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lashing out at the US Olympic Committee and going so far as to suggest that the offending uniforms be burned, reported the Associated Press.

Well, now China is lashing out too. The country's state-run Xinhua news agency today published a scathing commentary piece that took America to task. 

"The Olympics spirit is all about separating sports from politics, but these US politicians are going too far and trying to force a political tag onto the uniforms," said the article, which described the US position as "hypocritical," one that reveals a "parochial nationalistic attitude, a blasphemy on the Olympic spirit and a show of ignorance," according to Reuters

The Associated Press added that the piece "snarkily suggested that all U.S. lawmakers should perhaps be banned from 'wearing anything or using any product' that was made abroad — a near-impossible restriction in today's globalized economy."

The Chinese commentators further stated that the "reason this issue has stirred people up is because the words 'made-in-China' touch upon the most sensitive topic of the U.S. election - 'outsourcing,'" reported Reuters.

The piece was referring to comments by figures like major US designer Nanette Lepore, who told ABC: "Why shouldn't we have pride not only in the American athletes, but in the American manufacturers and laborers who are the backbone of our country? Why? What's wrong? Why was that not a consideration?"

The US Olympic Committee refused to take action on the uniform issue. 

While Xinhua commentary does not carry the same weight as an official statement from the Chinese government, Reuters said such commentary pieces often serve as "a reflection of Chinese government thinking."

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gnetworking More than 1 year ago
With many Americans still unemployed, many think the U.S. Olympic Committee should have off-shored American jobs make uniforms for American athletes in China. What do you think? Should we burn or wear the uniforms made in China? Join the debate next Tuesday 24 in New York City: http://bit.ly/LYNXPM
RC More than 1 year ago
Hahaha! American's can't get anything right! How is this China's fault? Was not an American company (Ralph Lauren) responsible for the design and manufacture of the uniforms? So AMERICANS chose to have the uniforms manufactured in CHINA. CHINA did not say to America, hey you guys, let us manufacture your uniforms for you, we give you a big discount, yeah? No no no. An AMERICAN company DECIDED to have them made in China. Probably because it saved them money. But hey, if the athletes should not wear made in China stuff...maybe they should stop using their Made in China smartphones, laptops. Stop wearing those Made in China shoes! Oh dear...where does it stop? What of those hypocritical senators...don't tell me they are not wearing or using anything from China? Let's give Sen. Harry Reid a thorough clothing inspection. Let's see where his power tie comes from, where his fancy suit is from, his belt, his socks. Check all that! Let's see what percentage of his clothing is "made in USA". Does he have an iPhone...if so...oops! That's made in China too!!!!