Statement of the National Association to Protect Children
(KNOXVILLE-JULY 31, 2011) On July 11th, we were contacted by a representative for country music entertainer and radio personality Cledus T. Judd, who offered to make a charitable donation from the proceeds of “She’s Going Places,” a song about a child murder victim, Caylee Anthony. We accepted Mr. Judd’s offer and thanked him for his public support of our work fighting child abuse and exploitation.
Listen to Bubba Take on Cledus and Dave.
On July 29th, the St. Petersburg Times ran a story entitled, “Caylee Anthony song unleashes tirade on radio airwaves.” Judd was under attack from another radio show host, who ridiculed his song and questioned his motives. Soon the attacks turned to our organization, and we became fodder for days of heated “shock-jock” radio entertainment and feuds between at least three different radio stations. As a result, our organization has been deluged with obscene and menacing phone calls, emails and internet attacks from across the U.S.
This bizarre and lurid radio drama has distracted the National Association to Protect Children from our work. It has also distracted Mr. Judd from spreading the message contained in “She’s Going Places” to a national audience. We therefore notified Mr. Judd today that we are respectfully withdrawing from our agreement to accept charitable donations from the sale of his song.
“PROTECT is known for relishing a fight,” said Executive Director Grier Weeks today. “But our victories have all come by relentlessly focusing on opponents that matter. If our small staff spent one more hour on this drama, we’d be committing malpractice.”
The National Association to Protect Children thanks Mr. Judd for his offer of help, and for standing with us while enduring personal attacks. We hope and believe that he will find another way to ensure that “She’s Going Places” benefits abused, neglected and exploited children