I try not to be political. I really do. However, this gets me all annoyed.
The US Olympic Committee letter here. For those of you who are not familiar with Ravelympics, it’s a knitting competition (you compete with yourself) that takes place during the Olympic games. Basically, we’re knitters and we like to watch the Olympics… therefore it makes sense that we would knit while watching our favorite Olympic sports on TV. Thereby supporting their advertisers, the brand, etc.
According to the letter from the USOC, “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.”
The Committee also took issue with several patterns that used their brand without paying the license. I get the branding issue, but is USA 2012 really branded?! Does this also mean that my 6 year old cannot draw the Olympic Rings and give it away? Because someone might get the brand confused or it might take away from a paid product by an official sponsor?
A half hearted appology was made. NPR report.
Let me just say that I don’t really care if Ravelry changes the name of their competition. I do care that someone is denigrating knitters. Do you really want to make people with pointy sticks mad at you?