Team USA’s Olympics closing ceremony in Tokyo was unveiled on Wednesday to criticism from many social media users.
The ensembles, designed by official Olympic uniform designer Ralph Lauren, feature white pants, polos and collared jackets with red, white and blue accessories, all embossed with the company’s signature polo player logo.
Many Twitter users commented that the uniforms give off an air of wealth and privilege.
Is the only event this year sailing? https://t.co/atnWHTktis
– Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) April 14, 2021
Large “that dorm room is named after my grandfather” energy https://t.co/f0Lf5qXD92
̵1; Jacob Peters (@ JacobNPeters1) April 14, 2021
Team USA always dresses as if they are asking me if I know who their father is https://t.co/K1GQIuoTPz
– Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) April 14, 2021
Others criticized them for looking race-specific.
someone has to tell @RalphLauren & @NBCOlympics that Team USA are not just white people. https://t.co/SV9zSG4oqv
– Tommie Sunshine ✊️ (@tommiesunshine) April 14, 2021
“I just do not think he would be a good cultural fit.” https://t.co/Fmpfocm1hR
– Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 14, 2021
The uniforms were ready for last year’s game, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The pants, which are included in this year’s uniform, have a patch that reads “Team USA” and “2020.”
The AP notes that the team’s opening ceremony outfits will be unveiled in July ahead of the games, which are set to take place July 23 to August 8.
Lauren’s Olympic retail collection, whose proceeds go to support Team USA, can be purchased online and at select stores, reports AP.