Protect.org turns down money from Caylee Anthony song amid criticism from Bubba the Love Sponge
The radio war between Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, Orlando Davis and Cledus T. Judd just claimed another casualty, as the charity which was to receive donations through a song written by Judd has turned down the money, citing interference from Clem as the cause.
Since I'm in Los Angeles on assignment, Times writer Marissa Lang pulled together a piece on this latest turn of events, in which The National Association to Protect Children said it was overwhelmed by "menacing'' e-mails, phone calls and online attacks since Clem criticized the song, calling the charity a scam.
"This bizarre and lurid radio drama has distracted the National Association to Protect Children from our work," the charity said in a prepared statement. Clem (pictured, right) posted the charity's 2009 tax returns online, noting that it spends a large amount of its revenue on salaries; the group contends that its work is centered on advocacy and lobbying for new laws, so the bulk of its expense would logically be used on staff salaries.
I wrote a story last week when this conflict exploded over the local radio scene, as Davis (left) and Clem got into a profanity-laced argument on air over the song "Shes' Going Places (Caylee's Song)", written in tribute to deceased 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.
Clem, the lead morning personality at Cox Radio's WHPT-FM (The Bone 102.5) contends the song is a terrible, transparent attempt to capitalize on the blockbuster fame of Caylee's mother Casey Anthony, who stunned the world when she was acquitted of her child's murder last month.
Judd, who co-hosts the morning show at CBS Radio's WQYK-FM (99.5), said he wrote the song to make sure some focus remained on Caylee Anthony, revamping a song he originally co-wrote with Rascal Flatts singer Gary Levox. Davis, the program director and morning personality at rap-centered WLLD-FM (Wild 94.1), also works for CBS Radio and got R&B singer Brian McKnight to record a version of this tune.
According to our story, Judd and Davis are now looking for a new children's charity to name as beneficiary for the song's profits.