Ravelers Strike Back!

06/21/2012 at 3:12 pm 1 comment

[First, hello to new readers who found this blog searching for info on the Ravelry vs USOC situation. I’m not usually an angry person, so I hope some of you stick around for the more fun side of crafting.]

To be fair to the US Olympic Comission, they have issued an apology.

The commenters [spellcheck is telling me that this is not a word…also that spellcheck is not a word–well played…] pretty much said exactly what I was thinking, but I’ll say it here anyway.

There is no way that the apology was “a standard-form cease and desist letter” considering it included the offending passage that most of the commenters quoted:

We believe using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.

I can’t imagine that that finds its way into most cease and desist letters.  I don’t think that the USOC really sees just how offensive that comment is.   I can deal with a little bit of gentle teasing from friends about my craft obsessions, mostly because I know that they actually know how much work it takes and, for the most part, actually think it’s kinda cool.  But for strangers to go out of their way to tell me that my hobby somehow disrespects someone else’s work is just plain insulting.

Also, notice the end of the letter where they try to make it up to us, without actually giving us anything.  Instead, they ask for knitted garments for the team.  I am trying to be calm and rational here, but my only reaction is: Whaaa?  I don’t know what kind of things they would expect us to make, since the Olympic rings or anything else is completely out of the question, since Ravelers have been asked to stop making Olympic themed patterns.  And calling a hobby disrespectful to the athletes and then asking for knitted items?  We don’t like making things for people who aren’t going to appreciate them and, while the actual athletes might, it’s clear that the powers that be at the commission do not.

I appreciate that the USOC tried to apologize, but I hope they see how inadequate of an apology it was.  And I’m sure that many non yarny people think that we’re overreacting.  While some may go a bit too far fighting back, the original response on the part of the crochet/knitting community is completely justified.

I’d also once again like to commend The Powers That Be (TPTB) at Ravelry for handling this situation gracefully, as they handle all things.  They have not lashed out at all, and are instead using their legal representation to calmly discuss the situation with the USOC.  Bravo, TPTB!

UPDATE: Holy NPR, Batman!


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  • 1. Ferreteria Jardineria  |  06/25/2012 at 3:51 pm

    It’s onerous to search out knowledgeable individuals on this matter, but you sound like you realize what you’re talking about! Thanks


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