Hand-Knit Dishcloth Flame Wars

Hand-Knit Dishcloth Flame Wars

I get that not everyone likes hand-knit dishcloths. But is it really worth HATING them?
Non-knitters (and even many knitters) are often surprised to learn that the topic of hand-knit dishcloths is a contentious one in the knitting community. More than almost any other issue, second only - in my opinion - to the topic of using acrylic yarn to make baby garments. (Acrylic will melt on your baby in a fire, is the "con." Acrylic is machine-washable for baby puke, is the "pro.")
 
Dishcloths, pro: reusable, renewable, scrubbier than sponges, machine-washable, cheap to knit, cheerful colors, 100% natural fibers, "Made in the USA" yarn, easy to knit, works best for dishes, makes nice hostess gifts, one of the few things you can't buy at a store.
 
Dishcloths, con: get stinky, may harbor bacteria and food particles, colors deemed unattractive, too much trouble to launder, don't want to sully precious hand-knits by using them to scrub dirty dishes.

Even though I am passionately in favor of dishcloths, I'm not, like, THAT passionate. I am often taken aback by the strength and vitriol of other people's feelings on the subject. I almost think that the humble dishcloth is merely a lightning rod for everyone's dissenting opinion on everything knit-related, since the knitting community does tend to police its own conversation with a "happy happy everyone get along/if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" attitude. Like people can only be cheerful and supportive of each other for so long before they snap, and it's dishcloths that take the brunt of it.
 
I don't know… it's a theory. 
 
How else to explain the fact that one of the longest-running, lengthiest, and most acrimonious forum threads on Ravelry is a fight about dishcloths? Or that there is an entire Ravelry group dedicated to hating hand-knit dishcloths? How else to explain all the hate mail I have received on the subject? Actual hate mail, about hand-knit dishcloths! I know it sounds ridiculous. That is literally what I think as I am reading it. "This is ridiculous."
 
People, friends, knitters, I beg you: it is time we set down our swords on this subject. Can't we all just get along? Can't we acknowledge that - much like rhubarb - some people like dishcloths and some do not, and there's nothing wrong with either preference? Live and let live, you know? I mean, I get that not everyone likes hand-knit dishcloths. But is it really worth HATING them?
 
Oh well. I guess everyone has to hate something, and it might as well be something as meaningless as dishcloths!