If you could see the jacket on the Olympian more clearly, you’d see an enormous Ralph Laren POLO logo quite clearly. That’s an american designer and brand – right? Not when a buck can be saved on the uniforms by sending them overseas. Because of human rights violations, the outsourcing was protested by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, who wrote to the International Olympic Committee, stating that “No responsible organization or body should make use of products originating in Burma.”
Present day: In the midst of the Bain Capital mess, the news that the 2002 Olympics which Mitt Romney organized, used uniforms made in Burma has resurfaced. Ironically, on the campaign trail, Romney has vocally espoused a ‘get tough’ policy on China. Asked about the uniforms, Romney informed those concerned that “These ‘matters are extraneous.” Does he mean that human rights violations are extraneous? Gosh, I’m sorry for asking! I love a bargain myself – but at what cost?