June 7, 2006

Mannequin Machinations

Hatched by Sachi

Macy's in Boston yielded to pressure today and removed a public display involving a flag. But the "usual suspects" had nothing to do with it. This time, it was a conservative group that used a tactic more reminiscent of liberal protesters:

Macy’s department store found itself mired in a fierce national debate between conservatives and gay activists when it bowed to complaints and removed part of a window display marking Boston [Gay] Pride Week....

[T]he store yanked the mannequins from the window after MassResistance, the conservative group formerly named Article 8 Alliance which has also campaigned against sex education and gay-themed books in public schools, complained the display was offensive.

“They were male mannequins with enlarged breasts, and one was wearing a skirt,” said MassResistance president Brian Camenker, referring to the gay pride flag wrapped around one figure, cinched with a white belt. “It was really disgusting.”

Don't get me wrong; I have no problem with a male mannequin wearing a skirt, a flag, or a gay-pride flyer. But what's funny is the reaction of the ACLU, the high priests of Our Lady of Perpetual Offense:

ACLU of Massachusetts spokeswoman Sarah Wunsch decried Macy’s for “succumbing to the bigotry” of a fringe anti-gay group.

Well, as Dafydd always says, "what's sauce for the goose is cooked by its own petard."

Hatched by Sachi on this day, June 7, 2006, at the time of 3:07 PM

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