Radio personalities Bubba the Love Sponge®, Cledus Judd, Orlando, battle over Caylee Anthony song
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Cledus T. Judd said he is tired from what he calls constant personal attacks. “It is something I have never had to deal with before,” Judd said.
It started after the radio personality wrote and released a song called ” She’s Going Places” in tribute of Caylee Anthony. The two-year-old girl’s murder case gained national attention.
After the song hit the airwaves last month, another radio host, Bubba the Love Sponge®, created a different version of the song, and posted it to his website.
Cledus said his song honoring Caylee is now filled with foul language and statements degrading the little girl. Because of foul language, ABC Action News will not play Bubba’s version or even share it on our website.
“To take it to that level is unfathomable,” said Judd. “I can hardly comprehend what’s going on.”
Judd was at a loss, so he turned to Orlando Davis, host of Wild 94.1, a colleague in his building and a friend of Bubba’s.
Orlando went on Bubba’s website to hear for himself. “I mean it is sad . He used audio from Cledus and attached him to it.. It was some of the most heinous things I have ever heard about a child that people are so emotionally attached to,” Davis said.
Orlando was so bothered, he decided to send a personal e-mail to his friend. “I said, ‘Look, I think you are really missing the mark. You know you are really dogging the song that is trying to help kids. Why don’t you pull back? Why are you attacking Cledus?’ But then Bubba took that personal email and then read it on the air and made it a public fight between us.”
Orlando said their Twitter account and e-mails lit up.
“I have gotten a lot of people who are in Bubba’s army or followers who are basically doing his bidding and calling me every insult in the world,” said Davis.
They were not the only ones to get threats. Judd said the organization where proceeds were headed was also inundated.
In an unusual move, PROTECT.ORG chose not to take any donations from the song.
The Executive Director Grier Weeks of PROTECT.ORG. released this statement:
“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,” Weeks wrote.
It’s not deterring the radio host, he’s a father first, and it’s why he is doing this for Caylee.
“I am still going to make it good somehow,” Judd said. “Somebody will accept a check on my behalf and Caylee’s behalf one day.”
It’s uncertain how much money the song has brought in so far. The song is available on itunes and Amazon.com.
Judd said 100 percent of his profits will go to charity.
In an email, Brent Hatley, Executive Producer of the Bubba Radio Network said Bubba had no comment.
Judd said he plans on taking legal action.