What exactly is a “varied dance group”? According to a tweet from Macy’s official Twitter account, it’s a step team from Zeta Phi Beta, a black sisterhood that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta performed a step routine at this year’s socially distant and COVID-aware Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Macy’s Twitter account posted a video from the routine with the caption, “What kind of noise is that, you ask? Why is it the diverse dance group Zeta Phi Beta Steppers? They put together a special routine to celebrate this unprecedented #MacysParade year. “
The tweet was deleted, but The Jasmine Brand managed to snap a screenshot of it before it disappeared. Even so, Macy’s has been criticized for not being aware of the sorority celebrating its centenary. Additionally, it lessened the fact that they were the first of the Divine 9s to be featured in the parade.
Macy’s has since replaced the tweet and said, “Look who just got things up and running. We loved to have it
@ZPHIBHQ – an international, historically black sisterhood – with us on the #MacysParade for our 100th birthday. “
Despite all the backlash, Zeta Phi Beta celebrated this moment. “Congratulations again to our Centennial Steppers who performed in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade this year! They were all #Finer and represented Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated well! “Tweeted the official Twitter account of Zeta Phi Beta.
Congratulations once again to our Centennial Steppers who performed in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade this year! You were all #Finer and represented Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated well!
I said my sorors !!!!
💙💙💙💙💙🕊 # zetaphibeta # zphib2020 #zphib pic.twitter.com/8nPyhB9G9I
– Zeta Phi Beta (@ZPHIBHQ) November 26, 2020
See who just whipped things up. 👏 We loved having @ZPHIBHQ – an international, historically black sisterhood – with us for their 100th birthday at the #MacysParade. pic.twitter.com/Rca0HJPvyC
– Macy’s (@Macys) November 26, 2020