I'm guessing that Macy's probably believed them when they heard complaints that the mannequins offended some people so they pulled them. They should have know that this was just an excuse. It didn't matter what was in those windows, the very small group at Article 8 and their email list didn't want just the mannequins removed, they wanted it all gone.
Macy's issued a press release about the incident:
Elina Kazan, New York-based spokeswoman for Macy's, said the decision to pull the dummies, but leave the rest of the display, was an effort to strike a balance.
"We believe in diversity, and our customersare very important to us," Kazan told the Herald, adding that displays supporting Pride Week in previous years did not use mannequins. "But (the display) did offend a few of our customers, and we had to reexamine it."
So in trying to "strike a balance" Macy's has pleased no one. Further, they have put the mannequins where Article 8 would like to put gay people, in the closet. I found this great quote over at Towleroad that sums up my feelings exactly:
since the company made gay people disappear from her store window because they are offensive, I and all my family will to make my presence and my credit card disappear forever from Macys AND Bloomingdales, who are the same company.
Here are some contacts over at Federated Department Stores which operates the following stores: Famous-Barr, Filene's, Foley's, Hecht's, Kaufmann's, L.S. Ayres, Marshall Field's, Meier & Frank, Robinsons-May, Strawbridge's, The Jones Store:
Customer Service: 800-526-1202
Public Relations: 212-494-3893
and some emails:
Addition: Margery Eagan of The Boston Herald has a column in today's Herald on the Macy's/Massresistance mess. Check it out, it sums up Article 8 perfectly.