With a rainbow flag hanging from its logo, Ravelry, a community of knitters and crocheters, rocked the internet on Sunday with an explosive new policy: From here on out, no member may express any support whatsoever for President Donald Trump or his administration.
Insisting absurdly that this policy had nothing to do with politics, the owners of Ravelry said that Trump support and “white supremacy” were intrinsically linked, and that there was no room on their website for that kind of bigotry. Never mind, of course, that we’re talking here about the democratically elected President of the United States – voted for by half of all registered voters. No, if you support Trump, you’re a white supremacist. So says Ravelry.
“We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry,” the site announced to its 8 million users. “This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content. We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”
Yes, nothing says inclusivity like banning the thoughts and opinions of half the nation.
The site piles on the absurdity with a series of “policy notes”:
- You can still participate if you do in fact support the administration, you just can’t talk about it here.
- We are not endorsing the Democrats nor banning Republicans.
- We are definitely not banning conservative politics. Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions.
- We are not banning people for past support.
- Do not try to weaponize this policy by entrapping people who do support the Trump administration into voicing their support.
- Similarly, antagonizing conservative members for their unstated positions is not acceptable.
How kind of them to allow Trump supporters to continue using the site…as long as they stay silent about their awful, white supremacist beliefs.
But maybe we’re getting our knickers in a twist about nothing. After all, what does a crocheting and knitting site really have to do with politics in the first place? Maybe the site just wants to steer clear of the inflammatory trolling and infighting that inevitably comes along with injecting American politics into a message board.
Of course, that’s nonsense. The site is in full PRIDE MONTH celebratory mode – not only expressed by the rainbow flag but by this tweet by Ravelry’s administrators earlier this month:
Happy Pride everyone!
I have a lot that I want to say about why it’s important that we recognize and celebrate Pride and talk about it here on Ravelry. I’ll be able to do that next week. Right now I just want to speak to the LGBTQIA+ folks that make up our community: We see you, we love you, and we support you.
Like most leftists, they go gaga for diversity of everything except thought. Apparently, MAGA-inclined knitters will have to either go elsewhere for patterns or keep their dirty, racist mouths shut at Ravelry. The Social Justice Crackdown has begun.