Ha ha ha. So in trying to defend Justin Thomas (why?), you're taking on a company that, once again:
Apparently, and even if we assume that what you're saying about the countries in which they manufacture their clothes is accurate, to avoid being a "hypocrite" you think Ralph Lauren should have just said "oh well, we do some not great things under entirely different circumstances, so we're cool with you saying that word on national TV."
Again, I'll say: "come on."
The choice in this case might literally be to manufacture there (while perhaps lobbying for better policies, treatment, etc.) or to not manufacture at all, putting thousands out of work.
Ralph Lauren isn't a government, and has limited control over
If someone at your job is a racist, sure you could quit, or you could take your concerns to management, but if management doesn't do anything and you need the job… what are you gonna do? Probably keep going to work, and try to work on the problem from the inside rather than leaving.
Ralph Lauren controlled what they could control here - Justin Thomas - and you likely have almost no idea what they're doing to try to control or influence that which they really have no control over at all (government policies).
I see both of your points. To @Bonvivant’s point, if a company makes a point of being LGBT advocates, it seems counterintuitive/hypocritical to manufacture in a country where it’s illegal. I see that being the same argument many are making in the PGA 2022 thread who seem to equate financial partnership (with Trump’s course) with the advocacy of their partner’s views. If I follow that line of logic, I can see where @Bonvivant’s case that it’s hypocritical that RL can withdraw sponsorship from a guy who makes a slur, but continue in financial partnership with a country where it’s illegal.
But, to @iacas’s point, of course RL has the right to withdraw their partnership from someone who makes a slur hostile to their social ideals.
Ultimately I support a company’s right to sponsor/partner with anyone they see as an athlete who they feel best suits them...which is not JT in their eyes.