A radio war of words claimed its first casualty this week when a charity declined to accept money raised by a Caylee Anthony tribute song.
The National Association to Protect Children said it was overwhelmed by "menacing" e-mails, phone calls and online attacks since nationally syndicated radio host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem mocked the song and called 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.
The songwriter, radio host Cledus T. Judd of WQYK-FM 99.5, said his original mission is unchanged — to continue moving public attention to Caylee and away from her mother, Casey, who was acquitted of murdering the toddler. "I wrote this thing in a hope that your kids or mine don't get stuffed in a trunk by some crazed … mother," Judd said.
To reach a wider audience, Judd joined forces with WLLD-FM's Orlando Davis, who got into an on-air screaming match with Clem over the song.
Clem said the song is cheesy and didn't think the National Association to Protect Children was using its donations in the best interest of children. Clem also posted the organization's tax documents on his website.
"We're just trying to create awareness," said Clem's agent, Tom Bean.
Bean said the charity spent most of its $489,031 in revenue on salaries and benefits — about $319,000. But that figure includes "program service expenses" which can involve lobbying and advocacy. The group's primary function is lobbying for laws to protect children.
Clem wrote a parody of She's Going Places (Caylee's Song) and his listeners — he calls them Bubba's Army — deluged the National Association to Protect Children with complaints about its spending practices.
Bean said that while Clem aims to provoke, he does not advocate or endorse threats or violence. "We want them to be outraged, because we're outraged," he said. The parody song was removed from Clem's website Monday.
Judd and Davis said they were still looking for another cause to support, focusing on those benefiting children. Davis said they expect an R&B version of the ballad, produced by singer Brian McKnight, will raise more money when it is released later this week.