Hollywood union offers solution to Olympics' 'Made in China' problem

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Ralph Lauren's recently released pictures of their 2012 U.S. Olympic uniforms have ruffled feathers across the United States, from those complaining of the Chinese manufacturing to those who just say the uniforms "look stupid." A stage employers' union has offered to replace all Chinese-made U.S. Olympic uniforms — which means replacing all American uniforms in two weeks.

The revelation that U.S. Olympic uniforms were designed by Ralph Lauren but will be made in China has caused waves across the nation on Friday. But at least one union — with hundreds of Hollywood members — is offering a solution.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) also includes 44 U.S. locals that represent wardrobe and costume designers. Their members are "ready, willing and able" to produce new uniforms, at least according to IATSE President Matthew Loeb.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the made-in-China uniforms should be put “in a big pile and burn[ed]" and that the country should "start all over again." That would give whoever picks up the ball a short two weeks before the Olympics' opening day ceremonies to produce replacements.

IATSE President Matthew Loeb says his members have created costumes for all sorts of events on tight schedules for more than a century, and would welcome the chance to work with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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