'Cancel the Olympics': Team Canada's Olympic closing ceremony outfits are being torn apart online

Ellie Spina
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Team Canada and Team USA have revealed their closing ceremony uniforms for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. (Images via Team Canada/Team USA Polo Ralph Lauren)
Team Canada and Team USA have revealed their closing ceremony uniforms for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. (Images via Team Canada/Team USA Polo Ralph Lauren)

Team Canada and Team USA have unveiled their respective uniforms for the closing ceremony of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo — and fans are not impressed.

In August 2020, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee revealed the Team Canada wardrobe designed by Hudson's Bay that athletes will wear during Olympic ceremonies and while staying in the Olympic Village.

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It wasn’t until Team USA unveiled their collection of team uniforms designed by Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday that social media erupted in disapproval for both countries’s closing ceremony looks.

While Canada’s looks for opening and podium ceremonies were well received, social media was highly critical of the $198 acid wash denim jacket which was designed in collaboration with iconic denim brand, Levi's.

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Chief among complaints for the informal ensemble was the graffiti and text on the back that is supposed to read "Tokyo," but could easily be mistaken for "toxic."

Canadian Olympic Team Collection x Levi's Unisex Replica Closing Ceremony Trucker Jacket. - Hudson's Bay.
Canadian Olympic Team Collection x Levi's Unisex Replica Closing Ceremony Trucker Jacket. - Hudson's Bay.

Team USA’s ensemble was criticized for looking “too preppy” and appeared eerily similar to something worn at NASA rather than the Olympics.

"America's going to the moon. Canada's going to the skate park," Bloomberg reporter Kim Bhasin said of the looks.

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"Canada really had the chance to complete the 'Canadian Tuxedo' look and they blew it," another person tweeted.

"They both suck, but Canada's really sucks," wrote another.

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One person pointed out that the Canadian uniform shares an uncanny resemblance to that of Robin Sparkles' '80s-inspired denim jacket from "How I Met Your Mother."

"The Canada one is very Robin-Sparkles-sings-at-a-mall," they wrote.

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"I have second-hand embarrassment," someone else sounded off.

One fan even suggested that canceling the Olympics would be an appropriate response to this crime against fashion.

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"I am screaming. This is Canada's closing ceremony fit. Cancel the Olympics," they tweeted.

"The 1980s called and they want their acid-washed denim and graffiti back."

According to Hudson's Bay, the closing ceremony jackets were inspired by the fashion and culture of the Summer Olympic host City.

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“Tokyo is also known for its street art and fashion. We paid tribute to this in the must-have piece of the Collection – the forever cool jean jacket,” the brand said in a statement. “The graffiti graphic and unexpected patch placements capture a youthful and celebratory feel.”

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"As much as I hate the Canadian one, the USA one looks like a bunch of preppy douchebags who voted for Trump and who have probably been to Mar-A-Lago," one person wrote.

TEAM USA's wardrobe for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo designed by Ralph Lauren. (Image via Ralph Lauren).
TEAM USA's wardrobe for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo designed by Polo Ralph Lauren. (Image via Ralph Lauren).

According to Polo Ralph Lauren's branding officer and vice chairman of the board, David Lauren, the uniforms were made with patriotism and sustainability in mind.

“Following a year marked by isolation and strife, this summer’s Games are a true testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the universal power of sport to energize and unite the world,” Lauren said in a statement. “As we come together to celebrate and compete, we must also embrace our responsibility to protect the planet we all call home. As part of this, we are proud to continue to invest in and scale sustainability innovations — dressing our nation’s best and brightest athletes in timeless clothing that has been consciously created.”

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