My mother, a who as a big knitter reads the knitting blogs, sent me this, regarding a dustup with a, um, rather insensitive Olympics Team USA spokesperson telling the knitting community that their “Ravelympics,” that they do concurrent with the olympics, is, well, just read this for yourself:
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.
Soooo… knitting is denigrating and disrespectful?
I really like how the lady at Mason Dixon Knitting puts it:
DENIGRATE? Reading that gratuitous bit of meanspirited nonsense made me–and apparently every other knitter who is on Twitter and/or Ravelry–mad. So, let me get this straight: organizing a fun, tongue-in-cheek worldwide knitting event to coincide with all of us sitting in front of our televisions watching the Olympic games (and commercials) is on a par with say, a doping scandal? It’s denigrating to the athletes? One starts to wonder if anyone reviewed this “clerk’s” letter. Nuanced, it ain’t.
So now they’re trying to get Steven Colbert to do a “People who are destroying America” segment. Those dangerous knitters, doncha know.
And then there’s the form-letter apology that doesn’t actually say much.
Foot-in-mouth disease can be a dangerous thing, but is often preventable with a just small dose of Dontbeadickacitis. Team USA apparently missed their immunizations.
Added: it’s at Popehat now, too.