Knitting Website Tells Trump Supporters They Are No Longer Welcome
Americans who want to make knitting great again are no longer welcome on Ravelry, a popular online community for knitting and crochet.
“We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry,” read an announcement on its website. “We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy.”
Ravelry did not provide any evidence to back up its false allegations — so it’s not exactly clear what got its yarn ball in a tangle.
“Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy,” Ravelry declared. Read the posting here.
While pro-Trump patterns and projects may be banned from Ravelry, there are plenty of designs for Obama hats and Bernie Sanders dolls. And there are pink p—yhat patterns galore.
Anyone know how to crochet the word “double-standard”?
Ravelry is calling on its merry band of knitters to help root out the conservatives who might be lurking in its online community. It’s sort of like fascists ratting out their neighbors to the government.
However, knitters who keep quiet about their Trump support will still be permitted to needle around the website.
“You can still participate if you do in fact support the administration, you just can’t talk about it here,” Ravelry announced.
Oh, I see. Ravelry has a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. How tolerant.
“We are definitely not banning conservative politics,” it noted. “Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions.”
Conservative knitters, as you might imagine, are a bit dumbfounded by Ravelry’s announcement.
“I am very disappointed, and was frankly in shock what I was reading this morning,” one reader wrote on Facebook. “This is a knit and crochet group. Why did you just divide it like that? You preach acceptance and tolerance in your mission statement, then do just the opposite.”
“So basically they are saying you can have an opinion but only if it jives with our opinion. Double standard much? I’m not on Ravelry but if I was I think I’d say good riddance. I’m not saying I think Trump is perfect, but freedom of speech as long as it is not threatening anyone or endangering a life is a constitutional amendment the last I checked,” wrote another.
Let not your heart be troubled, knitters. I’m certain there is another online community that will be more than glad to welcome and affirm Trump supporters.