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A Knitting Group Has Done More To Block Trump And White Supremacists Than All Your Social Media Platforms Combined

The (knitting) needle versus the damage done.

Knitting has been unfairly characterised as the friendless hobby of the elderly, or at best people who are really into Doctor Who cosplay.

Look, it’s a very nice scarf.

But the facts show otherwise. Lovers of the soft-craft arts have been among the most politicised, from AIDS quilting to pussy hats for womens rights, and that legacy has continued with the news that Ravelry – an online group for knitters – have banned open Trump support in the group.

In a post titled New Policy: Do Not Post In Support of Trump or his Administration they explain that “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.”

And their policy makes clear they are not into persecuting people for their beliefs, that this doesn’t apply to conservatives generally or right-wingers as a group, and that vigilante behaviour is not OK.

They are against white supremacy and that only, and make the entirely reasonable point that Trump falls into that category.

So yes: a knitting group has said the thing that no other social media has apparently had the ovaries to say, and enacted a policy that more services purporting to traffic in inclusivity would do well to implement.

Needless to say, cool guys have been slamming the group on Twitter and hoping that their business fails, which sort of misunderstands how hobbies work but hey, sick burn brah.

Anyway, between now and when 4Chan start doxxing the site’s moderators, let’s salute Ravelry and their anti-racism stance.

The revelation will not be television, but it will be snuggly and warm.

John Cleese Has Gone Full Raving Granddad And That Makes Us Sad

Can someone get poppa a towel? He's having one of his turns.

As the UK lurches toward yet another Brexit deadline and ethnocentric political parties and outspoken white supremacists get more vocal and divisive, revered British comedian and man who shouts at clouds John Cleese has decided that the world needed a reminder of one of his worst hot takes.

Viz: that London was no longer “an English city”.

Cheers for the insight, pops.

And of course when someone says that the capital city of England, located in England, is not really an English city any more you know what he’s getting at. That it’s got all them… you know, them foreigners in it.

And if there’s one person qualified to opine about the negative impact of immigrants it’s a British man who now lives on the Caribbean island and well-rated tax haven of Nevis. You know, the Englishest place on the planet.

It comes on the heels of his fellow Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam telling Variety that the #metoo movement was “mob rule” and that hey, everyone knows that if ladies want to get into acting then they have to have sex with powerful men.

“Harvey [Weinstein] opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey — that’s the price you pay,” said the powerful man from the entertainment industry. “It is a world of victims. I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn’t. The ones who did, knew what they were doing.”

Honestly, kids. Don’t have countercultural heroes. They just turn into reactionary dickheads.

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