NASHVILLE — A knitting shop in Tennessee is asking those who want yarn for any project relating to the recent “women’s movement” to go elsewhere.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, The Joy of Knitting asks that “if you want yarn for any project for the women’s movement that you please shop for yarn elsewhere,” and said the “vulgarity, vile and evilness of this movement is absolutely despicable.”

On Saturday, more than 2 million people across the country and around world marched in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington in support of social justice issues.

What began as a Facebook post by a Hawaii grandmother the day after Hillary Clinton’s loss in November’s election blossomed into a massive protest uniting people of all ages, races and religions who crowded downtown Washington. They called for a “revolution” as a bulwark against the new administration and the Republican-led Congress they fear will roll back reproductive, civil and human rights.

The Facebook post, signed by the Franklin, Tenn., shop’s owner, Elizabeth Poe, had more than 2,100 shares and more than 2,000 comments by Wednesday morning.

Some responses on Facebook offered support, while many did not agree with the post and went as far as to call for a boycott.

Many marchers from Saturday wore pink knitted hats as part of the movement.

“You are an example of a strong woman with strong beliefs voicing a strong opinion and I applaud you for it,” one comment posted by Facebook user Kristy Hoevener Hall read.

Holly McCall, a former Democratic candidate for a state House seat in Williamson County, Tenn., also commented on the post.

“Franklin native here. Resident still. Knitter,” McCall wrote. “I’ll spread the word buyers must agree with your narrow judgments.”

On Yelp, the response was much of the same from users. Prior to Tuesday, the shop’s last review came in 2013. There were more than three pages of other reviews by Wednesday that cited the post as reasons to shop elsewhere.

In her shop Wednesday, Poe said her phone has been ringing nonstop since Tuesday and she has received “more positive private messages” than were on her Facebook post.

“This is starting to undermine their efforts,” Poe said about the movement. “The topless women? I think if you want to get your point across you need to do it the right way and I just think that walking around dressed as a vulva is gross. Hatred is not acceptable speech.”

Despite the negative response Poe has received on social media, she said she doesn’t plan to take down the post.

“I’m pro-rights, but I have to draw the line with the trajectory this movement has taken,” Poe said. “They’re alienating their supporters. I’m not going to stop (supporting women) but I’m not going to condone that.”

Contributing: Heidi M. Przybyla and Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY. Follow Ray Howze on Twitter @rayhowze1

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