The Macy’s mannequin mess

The Macy’s mannequin mess

There’s been a furor in Massachusetts over a mannequin display at Macy’s in Boston. This is Gay Pride week and in Boston everybody turns out in support, including the big department store at Downtown Crossing. This year, Macy’s turned a window display into a pride week calendar and included two mannequins. The mannequins are ostensibly male with one wearing a rainbow flag as a skirt. Some observers say that the mannequins’ chests appear to have breasts, although I don’t see what the point of that would be.

At first, when traditional values groups protested Macy’s brushed them off, but eventually when it got national notice and calls began pouring into the national headquarters, the department store removed the mannequins and kept the calendar. That set off the liberal politicians and gay groups who charged Macy’s with giving into “hate groups.”

Even the supposedly more conservative newspaper in Boston resorted to name-calling outside the editorial and op-ed pages and seemed to leave behind objective journalism with this headline: “Pride and Prejudice,” describing those who objected to radical homosexual activism in the form of Pride Week being paraded about town. When I speak of radical, that’s what is. The MassResistance blog is cataloging the bizarre excesses. This isn’t just a minor blip on the gay scene either. If you’ve ever been to a “gay” town like Provincetown on Cape Cod or San Francisco, you see depravity dressed up as normalcy all the time. The happy image they want you to see are the two chinos-clad, normal-looking, professional guys with the white picket fence and two kids adopted from a Third World hellhole. What they don’t want you to see is the bondage, self-mutilation, open sexual activity, bigotry, and outright rage that is very common.

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Update: Some pro-gay blogs linked this post and just so I don’t have to sit here and monitor the thing all night, I’m closing comments on it until tomorrow.

Update 2: Comments are now open again.

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Domenico Bettinelli