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YOUR PRESSURE WORKED : Macy's backs down -- removed the most offensive parts of window display but still keeps "Gay Pride Week" calendar of events.
Misleading to callers. Tuesday morning we got a from a lady who told us that Macy's told her the display had been taken down! So we got right on the phone. Well, we tried, anyway. Macy's phones to the Boston store were not working, apparently jammed with your calls! When we finally got through, the store manager's number now led to the gift wrap department!
We were finally told by an employee that the display "was taken down yesterday. "Well, not exactly. When we went to see for ourselves, we saw they had taken down (1) the offensive mannequins and (2) the web site addresses for Boston Pride and the AIDS Action Committee (publisher of the infamous "Little Black Book"). But the big "Boston Pride" calendar of events still greeted passersby. Macy's still seems to feel they need to promote this.
Face-to-face conversation with Macy's Boston management
When we visited the Boston store's executive offices on Tuesday morning, a store executive who identified herself only as "Robin" got right to the point. It was a pretty short discussion. She didn't hide her distain for us or our views on this subject.
At that point, she made it clear that we needed to leave. Frankly, I couldn't get out of there fast enough. The fact that I've been shopping at that very store for over 25 years didn't seem to interest her.
Here's the email that Macy's is sending back to people who have contacted them on this. It reflects what it's like to interact with their management -- a polite but quite condescending attitude that they're right and the "riff-raff" that complains is wrong. Note the insulting implication that the homosexual activities in "Pride" week are considered no different than the being black or Irish. Macy's also says that they consider people involved in homosexual behavior simply one of the "markets we serve." So despite their pandering, it's pretty clear that Macy's "cultural diversity" doesn't include you or your shopping dollars. Let them know how you feel about that. (Some people are mailing them their cut up Macy's credit card!)
Like many other community initiatives and organizations that Macy's has
supported over the years, including window displays and programs in celebration
of Black History Month and St. Patricks Day, the window currently showcasing
events for Boston Pride week at Macy's downtown supports a diverse part of our
community. Macy's respects the many backgrounds, traditions, beliefs and
heritage of all our customers and will continue to support a range of community
causes, organizations, and initiatives that add to the cultural diversity of the
markets we serve.
Our message to Macy's: Don't do this again!
Obviously, your phone calls and emails made much more of an impression than Macy's wants to admit. But they still don't seem to think we're serious about this.
More phone calls wouldn't hurt -- the message: don't ever do this again !
YOU MUST KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!!! It's very important that a huge chain like Macy's understands that this is not a trivial matter, and that they're playing with fire when they publicly promote this activity, and snub their customers in the process.