The Facebook fun police strike again, ruining another month long celebration full of fun prizes and contests.
Over the last few days, this small but loud group of bitter women have rampaged through the Facebook sewing community in an attempt to destroy my business. I was one of several sponsors for a 5,000 member celebration giveaway for a sew along & contests group. This was going to be a really fun month for them full of sewing activities and giveaways. This is a group that is centered around the FUN and JOY of sewing. It is not a business, the admins aren’t paid. In fact everyone that runs this group is a volunteer! And now they have pulled all prizes and been forced to ARCHIVE the group!
This group—not business —was targeted for having me as a sponsor. This hateful mob that can’t stand anyone being happy or successful have reached out to all the other sponsors and demanded that they pull out of the giveaway because my company is also a sponsor. Newsflash, the sponsors don’t get to pick who the other sponsors are.
When presented ALL the facts the sew along group admin team (100% volunteers) made the decision to keep me as a sponsor. After making the announcement, some of the other sponsors pulled out, but several more stepped in to fill the void. As the day went on, the other companies who agreed to sponsor this month’s giveaways were getting harassed. Their testers were targeted as well. This is a cowardly and calculated move, with only malicious intent in mind. It is nothing more than bullying and terrorizing innocent individuals.
This group of killjoys that think they can ruin my business and create a hostile environment for anyone remotely associated with me is doing exactly what they claim to be against. They are not for “inclusion” or “progress”. What they want is for everyone to agree to their worldview and opinions. They are lead by emotional jargon, instead of fact based decisions. These women are not trying to bring about change but are simply looking for everyone to submit or quit.
The ring leaders to these attacks (not just directed at me) can be found plotting and planning in a “secrete” Facebook group, Free Speech: Fabric and Pattern edition. There is nothing Free Speech or ‘inclusive’ about this ‘members only’ style club. In this group the members focus on a target, instantly remove them from the group if they are in it, and proceed to fabricate an outrage to which the unsuspecting business (or person) is unaware. Then they conspire to create strategic plans of attack. They usually start with what seems to be an “in good faith” question or comment usually racially based. But it is not an innocent question or comment. It is fully intended to stir up trouble and provoke emotion within the group “target businesses” members.
Most people shutter at being called racist. It is a really disgusting term used to describe the most slimy and horrific ideology. Most rational people would agree that racists are the scum of the earth, and this is why businesses and individuals break down and apologize for actions ‘perceived’ as being racist. This is a fear tactic used when there is no other bases for getting their demands met. So, which is worse – being accused of being racist, or using a despicable term to label someone as racist in order to get your way. Throwing this vile term around like it’s nothing diminishes the meaning and therefore diminishes the impact of a truly racist act.
There is something very wrong when you lump a whole group of people in by race and claim them all to have the same life experience. No one has the same life experience as another, regardless of the color of their skin or where they come from. This fictitious idea that I create a hostile environment for sewists of color is complete bullshit. I have never once discriminated against anyone for anything they cannot control. (You cannot control what skin your are born with). I give each person the same respect and do not assume or make a judgement about them, until they have given me a reason to do otherwise. We are all created equal.
I believe each person to be an individual, not just part of a collective group. Your worth is not which boxes you check, but in your daily works and how you treat others. Lead with love and honesty and your life will be full of joy and happiness.
This small group of loudmouths thinks they can take my joy away. They think they can take my business away. They think they can destroy my character and slander my name, but they can’t. They cannot accomplish this no matter how hard they push because my joy and my business and my character are not mine to loose. All of it belongs to the Lord.
I don’t wake up and worry about pleasing a specific group of people. I don’t start my day wondering if what I will do will offend someone. And I certainly don’t think about what this world thinks of me. I make my choices based on what God would think about me, and I do my very best everyday to be the best example I can be for others, so that they might be inspired to choose truth over lies. I am blessed each day to wake up and continue to do well for Him.
I promised this group 5 patterns that they could give away as they see fit, and I intend to keep my promise.To enter the giveaway, please fill out this form: I support joy and love to have fun giveaway. I will be giving away 5 FREE patterns right here, since I’m not ALLOWED to GIVE BACK to my fellow sewists in their group. I will do it right here.
One entry per person please. Multiple entries will be disqualified. I will pick 5 winners at random using the wheel of names random name generator. This giveaway will close on Wednesday, July 15th.-
This giveaway has ended
If you aren’t sure about me or my history with this small group (it is literally the same few people starting trouble in every Facebook sewing group), then please take the time to check out these links.
Originally, I was attacked and labeled a racist for the name of one of my patterns. This was my response:
And an interview I did 3 months later: