Tasteless Items Being Pulled from 9/11 Museum Gift Shop
BWW previously reported that the public was outraged at the high prices for admission and memorabilia in the gift shop of the newly opened 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Now, various items are being pulled from the museum due to the tastelessness of the material. For example, a U.S.-shaped cheese platter with hearts marking the spots where Al Qaeda terrorists crashed the hijacked planes has been taken out of the gift shop. Other items being scrutinized by friends and family members of victims include a $39 "Darkness" hoodie, a German Shepherd Search & Rescue Dog plush toy for $19.95, a 9/11 Memorial water bottle for $20.95, and "Survivor Tree" earrings.
Joe Daniels, president of the memorial foundation, told The Wall Street Journal, "We have to remember that the sensitivity around 9/11 is so high."
Most of the victims' family members believe such a gift shop shouldn't exist at all. Kurt Horning, whose son Matthew died in the 9/11 attacks, said, "It's crass commercialism on a literally sacred site. It's a burial ground. We don't think there should be those things offered on that spot."
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