Another discarded Dora
Another discarded DoraThe dark side of Dora the Explorer just won't stay hidden, she's like a littler LiLo. First she was getting too sexy for comfort, then jailed as an illegal immigrant, then used to move meth, now she's at the center of a very pissy legal battle that has her lawyer comparing Nickelodeon to the mob.
Caitlin Sanchez, the 14-year-old former voice of the wee heroine, is lashing out at Nickelodeon parent company Viacom, saying the network pulled a Swiper with millions she deserved for reruns and DVDs. And when the standard "No swiping!" didn't work, she sued.
Forest ... river ... courthouse! Forest ... river ... courthouse! Come on vamanos, everybody let's sue!
While 14 seems awfully young to get lawsuit happy, apparently it's too old to deliver the lines for 7-year-old Dora.
Nickelodeon says that like a member of Menudo, she has to move on because her voice got too old for the gig. Just like the girl before her.
Sanchez says that the network pressured her into signing her initial contract, and let her go not because she was an ancient 14 years old, but because she tried to renegotiate an unfair deal.
And in what Time rightly calls a bit of a drama queen statement even for a lawyer, Sanchez's attorney John Balestiere told the New York Post they made Sanchez an offer she couldn't refuse. Balestiere said:
I used to go up against organized crime families, and this is reminiscent of them.
Although when I think about some kids' fierce loyalty to Diego, Nick-as-mafia makes more sense.
The network said Sanchez had a well-negotiated contract and lived a lush life, staying in fancy hotels at her personal appearances and making many thousands per episode.
But the most disconcerting thing here? There's been more than one Dora? This is like seeing three Santa Clauses in three malls on one day in December. How do I break it to my kid? I guess she's too old to care. She knows there's just one iCarly.
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