THE self-important No Platforming trend has extended to the world of knitting. The latest to silence ‘wrong speak’ on Donald Trump, and anyone who voices an opinion in support of his administration, is Ravelry.com, a global forum for knitters and crocheters.
They’ve got all crotchety about the patterns he’s been displaying.
It’s ‘down braiding’ anyone who supports the current US president. The official explanation on the site is as follows:
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.
I must say, that’s a fanciful embroidery.
How did they warp and woof that one out?
True, Trump gives some people the needle.
And yes, at times he can be a right sew-and-sew.
But the people at Ravelry have really stitched him up. They have appealed to their subscribers to root out anyone they suspect of harbouring unacceptable thoughts.
You can see the policy here.
I’m having trouble unravelling this.
After all, for all his faults, Trump seems to be quite inclusive in his appointments. First Asian woman in a presidential Cabinet, first female director of the CIA, first openly gay ambassador, first black female Brigadier General . . . the list is endless.
In fact, Trump’s patterns may be too colourful for Ravelry’s tastes.
One explanation is that Ravelry may support the Democrats, a party founded by people who used to dress up in plain white sheets with plain white hoods.
The founders of the Democrat Party burned crosses on the lawns of the type of people that Donald Trump promotes.
There is a more reasonable rationale. Ravelry has been infected with the madness of crowd justice, a condition it caught from Role Playing Games. Much of its policy was first written by the role playing game site, RPG.net.
I see. They are weaving this tapestry using someone else’s pattern.