U.S. Olympic Team Attire Under Fire

by Junior D on July 12, 2012 · 0 comments

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The new outfits for Team USA

So in all of the silliness that is the Olympic Games, here comes another head scratcher. I won’t watch much, if any, of the Olympic Games this year but I will still read about it and this story is almost as absurd as Jeneba Tarmoh giving up her spot on the US Olympic Team rather than run a ‘tie breaker’ race.

Ralph Lauren unveiled the outfits that Team USA will be wearing during the Opening Ceremony to harsh reviews. Some called the outfits ‘un-American.’ Celebrity stylist Robert Verdi said “It was a combination of …rich, British private school kids and Mr. Howell from ‘Gilligan’s Island.'” My response? Who the hell cares?!

Thurston Howell III

People are saying that the beret is un-American because it is considered more of a French thing. The berets, themselves, are making headlines because nincompoops like  Steve Doocy and his band of idiots at ‘Fox & Friends’ aren’t intelligent enough to realize that the French aren’t the only people in the world that wear berets. Um, last time I checked the beret has been a part of US military uniforms for a while now; are they un-American too?

The fact that this is even a story makes me laugh out loud. Who cares what the Olympic Team is wearing? I’m pretty sure they will remove the outfits after the Opening Ceremonies. It’s not like they will compete in the events wearing this crap.

Michael O’Keefe as Danny Noonan in Caddyshack (1980)

For anyone who does care that Team USA will look like a bunch of Danny Noonan rejects during the Opening Ceremonies, that’s what you get when you allow Ralph Lauren to design the outfits.

Here’s a couple questions…why don’t they all just wear the official US Olympic Team tracks suits? Why are we hiring famous designers to create Opening Ceremony clothing? This isn’t a big deal to me but apparently it is to many. Let them wear what they want. Have them all come out in thongs and cowboys hats for all I care. This is just another way for a rich designer to slap his logo on something and charge people over $1,000 for a shirt, coat, pants and hat. That is the American way though. If anything these outfits and what they symbolize are very American.

By the way, this isn’t the first time that Team USA has worn the berets for the Opening Ceremony. They also wore the berets in 2002 and they became a top seller. So, don’t get your panties all up in knots over the silly outfit and stupid beret…it’s been done before, no one cared then and no one should care now.



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