9/11 sideshow: “They’re selling bracelets; they’re making money off my dead son."


9-11 sideshow gift shop items stuffed dog via Gizmodo

"This kind of sacred ground. This is not a moneymaker."

Come and getcher Ground Zero tee shirts! Right here! Getcher 9/11 doggie vests! Yer toy trucks! Yer hoodies! Step right up, ladies and gents! Twenty-four bucks gets you into the 9/11 Museum! Fork out another twenty-two bucks and you getcherself yer choice of a FDNY, NYPD, or Port Authority Police tee-shirts. Hey little girl, how'dja like yer very own stuffed 9/11 rescue dog? Just ask yer folks for a few smackeroos and it's all yours! Right here atcher Ground Zero sideshow, er, souvenir shop!

Or as the New York Post put it in a Sunday story,  the “little shop of horror":

9-11 sideshow gift shop items NY Post little shop of horror

And as Gizmodo put it, The Tasteless Crap That Fills the 9/11 Museum Gift Shop.


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Mugs, T-shirts, scarves and other souvenirs have triggered controversy at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which holds unidentified remains of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — as well as a gift shop. [...]

Some of the items for sale in the gift shop are clearly intended to tap into the sense of solidarity that emerged in New York following the attacks, like the plain black T-shirts with the tagline “honor, remember, reunite.” But others, like a black hoodie with the twin towers emblazoned on the front, seem more of a vivid and painful reminder of what was lost. And some pieces of New York City Fire Department memorabilia — including a doggie vest and toy truck — seem kitschy or trivial. [...]

Kurt and Diane Horning were founders of the WTC Families for Proper Burial, which sued New York City for the right to bury remains that were in the material and debris from the World Trade Center site; from the beginning, they and other 9/11 families objected to the remains being used as a “programmatic element” at a tourist attraction... “They’re using it basically like a Ringling Brothers sideshow attraction,” Horning said Monday. "We were dismayed about that."