Large Website Dedicated To Knitting Bans Any Mention Of Donald Trump

  
By:  john-russell  •  4 months ago  •  7 comments

Large Website Dedicated To Knitting Bans Any Mention Of Donald Trump
I'm waiting for the Real Estate Association of America to ban mention of Trump's name from their social media outlets, although that's probably hoping for too much.  How about the social media pages of the Game Show Network? 

"Ravelry, the Facebook of knitting, has banned pro-Trump posts over ‘open white supremacy’"

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Yeah, he's perfectly normal. s.

When a website dedicated to discussing knitting patterns and techniques bans mention of your name because it associates your name with white supremacist attitudes, you've got issues.  This news exemplifies a reason why I feel so confident Trump will lose the 2020 election - when people engaged in activity not remotely connected to politics feel it is important to speak out about what a terrible human being you are, you're probably not presidential material in terms of being re-elected. 

This also shows us that Trump may be more widely associated with white supremacists by the public than has been commonly thought, although it hasnt taken tremendous penetrating insight to see that part of his support comes from racists and xenophobes. 

I'm waiting for the Real Estate Association of America to ban mention of Trump's name from their social media outlets, although that's probably hoping for too much.  How about the social media pages of the Game Show Network? 

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JohnRussell
1  author  JohnRussell    4 months ago

Ravelry, the Facebook of knitting, has banned pro-Trump posts over ‘open white supremacy’

JUNE 24, 2019

Scarves, gloves, shawls, caps — if it can be knit or crocheted, you can probably find a design for it on Ravelry.

It just can’t resemble President Trump.

Ravelry, an 8-million-strong social network known as the “Facebook of knitting” and behemoth of all things soothingly created with needlework, has banned all support for Trump and his administration, it  announced Sunday.

It’s another indication that politics has seeped everywhere — including forums where you can discuss which yarn works best to create  crochet bunnies .

“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy,” the site said. “Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”

The site did not explain which Trump policies it believes signify white supremacist ideology, though the president was  roundly criticized  for not condemning white nationalist violence after Charlottesville’s 2017 Unite The Right rally. The white supremacist demonstration had “very fine people on both sides,” Trump said, after one counterprotester was killed.

The ban cuts across all aspects of the site, including “forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles” and anything else, the announcement said.

Administrators explained project data would be saved and delivered to the user if they violated the new terms, and anyone permanently banned could still access patterns they have purchased. But they also stressed the site was not endorsing Democrats and shunning Republicans with its move.

“We are definitely not banning conservative politics. Hate groups and intolerance are different from other types of political positions,” Ravelry said, warning users not to goad others into voicing support for Trump.

Ravelry, a private site created in 2007, has transformed from a niche discussion board to a digital marketplace where users can sell their wares and swap patterns in a global community.

The site has registered 8 million users, The Post previously reported, and has caught the eye of  researchers  interested in microbusinesses spawned by hobbyists turned entrepreneurs, many of whom start their own shops after finding solidarity and confidence in offline “stitch n’ bitch” groups, The Post’s Andrew Van Dam  reported .

Some longtime Ravelry users welcomed the move,  saying  the toxicity of online political discourse has plagued their quiet hobbyist refuge, though others expressed concern over the policy.

“Politicizing ravelry leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” one self-proclaimed knitter  wrote  in response to Ravelry’s post on Twitter.

Ravelry said its policy was largely inspired by RPG.net, a hub for role-playing game enthusiasts. The website banned public support of Trump in October.

“This is because his public comments, policies, and the makeup of his administration are so wholly incompatible with our values that formal political neutrality is not tenable,” the site administrators wrote.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2  author  JohnRussell    4 months ago

Bad news. Melania was all set to knit Donald a thinking cap. 

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Tessylo
3  Tessylo    4 months ago

A dunce cap would be more appropriate.  

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Tessylo @3    4 months ago

They've gotta get those neurons firing. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4  Buzz of the Orient    4 months ago

I noticed that in the article photo, what the person is knitting is ALL WHITE!!! 

 
 
 
JBB
4.1  JBB  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    4 months ago

Knitting is to crafts what hockey is to sports. Best suited to cold environs...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JBB @4.1    4 months ago

Hey, that's a great comment.

 
 
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