Pussyhat supporters grab back at yarn shop refusing to sell to women’s movement

A woman holds a sign amidst a sea of pink ‘pussyhats’ before a women’s procession in Seattle on Jan. 21.
Image: AP Photo/ Elaine Thompson

It’s starting to unravel for a Tennessee yarn store.

After The Joy of Knitting owner Elizabeth Poe ran after Women’s March advocates in a Facebook post Tuesday, the store got a flailing from “nasty females” everywhere.

Poe revealed her true impressions about the march and women’s movement, saying in the post, “The vulgarity, vile and evilness of this movement is utterly despicable.” She went on to explain as a business owned and Christian she has to “promote values of reciprocal respect, love, compassion, appreciation, and integrity. The women’s movement is counterproductive to unity of household, friends, community, and nation.”

She made it clear that she won’t be selling yarn for future women’s march projects, which seems to be her route of attacking the Pussyhat Project. The project was an effort to cap Women’s March attendees in Washington , D.C ., and beyond in pink hats with cat ears, based on Donald Trump’s “grab her by the pussy” hot-mic remark. The hats became something of a uniform for women’s and reproductive rights advocates.

Thousands of commentaries have since streamed in to the Nashville-area yarn shop, with Poe continuing to defend her position and decision to not sell yarn and knitting materials for the hats.

Calls for boycotting the store also started grown in social media Thursday because of the owner’s online remarks.

Many were quick to point out that the yarn store’s attack on Women’s March advocates came after massive demonstrations last weekend. The Pussyhat Project estimated upwards of 100,000 hats induced for marchings across the country. It was difficult in the working day leading up to the march to even find the right type of hot pink yarn for the suggested pattern of the official “Pussyhat.”

Demonstratorsmarch in solidarity with the Women’s March in Nashville, Tenn.

Image: Andrew Nelles/ The Tennessean via AP

The Tennessean reported about 15,000 people turned up for the Nashville Women’s March last Saturday with many wearing the pink hats.

A call to the yarn shop went to a busy signal Thursday afternoon.

On Yelp, Poe’s store listing is being eviscerated. People were overloading her page with one-star reviews, dropping her rating to about 1.5 superstars. Yelp intervened and put up a written notice saying it was monitoring and cleaning up the site.

Image: yelp/ screengrab

With the online fury heating up this week, Poe will have to see how “nasty” the women’s motion will be to her business.

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