Hi! Just wanted to talk about some stuff, I don’t want it to come off as a rant but I apologise in advance if it does. I’m also not sure if this is something that has been brought up before, but here I go.
First of all, I’d like to acknowledge the new direction MI modules are taking. I’ve stayed away from MI modules in the past because I didn’t want to deal with menus, lots of buttons, etc [well, I do have a uBurst, but I know I’m not using it to it’s full potential thanks to these…]. The new modules, specially Plaits, looks fantastic, and may be exactly what I need in my rack at the moment.
But here’s the thing…
I have a problem with the MI logo. And I don’t want that logo on any panel in my rack.
I’m not sure how many people are aware of it or even if it’s meant to be so - but the logo is a appropriated version of a Hindu goddess. I’m from India - technically a Hindu I suppose, but I don’t follow any religion and I have an atheist upbringing. But living in India for most of my life (I’ve been in Finland the last couple of years), I know what religious symbology signifies, how much bigotry it can give rise to, and how polarising it can be. And I wouldn’t like it on something as personal on my rack, giving the wrong idea to people. Specially in the climate of the right wing divisive politics that’s going on in my country, I would not be comfortable having this logo on my rack. I’ve stayed away from religion all my life and this association would just give an unintentional signal in the wrong climate.
At the very best, the MI logo is an honest mistake, at the very worst, a terrible cultural appropriation with a lot of religious undertones. Eurorack is not a tiny community anymore and MI is one of the biggest players in the field - and something like this sends the wrong message.
On a related note, the MI “toys” that used to be given out earlier (I think those have changed now) were religious figurines as well. Might seem like fun for the unaware, but again, for the reasons stated above, might not be giving off the best signals.
Ok, rant (?) over. Thanks for reading.
Now that Plaits is open sourced, I see some 3rd party panels floating around, I’d have to get one of those in case I do pick up a Plaits. Thanks for the work on the colour blind mode, btw, that’s something I highly appreciate being slightly colourblind myself.