Suspended: $30 Caylee Sunshine Doll
A Florida company that intended to begin selling a Caylee Anthony tribute doll for $30 today has changed its mind. The story flew around the media yesterday, and everyone from columnists to the Anthony family to the general public blasted the president of Showbiz Productions, Jaime Salcedo, for trying to make money on the girl's tragedy. C'mon, what did the guy expect?
Salcedo claims he was going to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to charity. But he never even contacted or asked permission from the Anthony family.
"The Caylee Sunshine Doll was created as a remembrance of how we can embrace a child that did not get a chance to sing their song in life," Salcedo said this morning in a statement on his website.
"However, after reviewing the response to our media introduction of the Sunshine Caylee Doll and listening to the advice of the general public, we feel that is it best to suspend the launch."
(I find it interesting that Salcedo doesn't even get the name of his own doll correct! On his web page banner, it's written "Caylee Sunshine Doll," be he refers to it as the "Sunshine Caylee Doll" in his statement!)
Salcedo didn't mention anything about the Caylee Sunshine stickers ($3), silicone bracelets ($3), and T-shirts($13) that still appear to be for sale on the site.
What do you think about the company's motives? Really a tribute or just plain tacky?
It was a big week for dolls. As Cafe Kierna tells us over in Big Kid Buzz, the First Lady is bent over Beanie Babies creating the Marvelous Malia and Sweet Sasha dolls in her daughters' likenesses. Despite their names and the fact that the dolls look exactly like the First Children, the company swears the dolls are not based on the Obama girls.