For those of you of Latino heritage who enjoyed seeing Dora the Explorer become a learning phenomenon for children the world over, the show is apparently more authentic than you realized. According to NY Daily News, Nickelodeon shafted the voice of Dora, Caitlin Sanchez, out of millions of dollars and paid her next to nothing for promotional appearances. ¡Olé!
I’ve never seen as convoluted and inscrutable contract as I’ve seen here,” Caitlin’s lawyer, John Balestriere, told the Daily News on Wednesday night.
Balestriere said Caitlin was cheated out of “millions, perhaps tens of millions.”
In addition to not being compensated for hundreds of hours of recording sessions, Caitlin was forced to fly around the country promoting the show for a “meager travel stipend of $40 a day,” the suit charges.
Caitlin’s own agent Jason Bercy apparently didn’t do her any favors during the negotiations either:
Bercy, who is not named as a defendant in the suit, gave the Sanchez family 22 minutes to review the contract, threatening that if they didn’t sign Nickelodeon would “pass on Caitlin for the part of Dora,” the suit claims.
When Caitlin’s parents later complained about the pay, Bercy threatened them, saying, Nickelodeon “will fire her if she pushes too much,” the suit charges
Allow me to read between the lines on this one and assume Lou Dobbs not only employed illegal immigrants for years, he was also the producer of one the most prominent Latin America-based shows on children’s television. Of course. On that note, if you guys were looking for some grand political statement, I believe this right here should cover it. SUCK ON THAT, MADDOW.
Oh, right, the lesbian thing. Can I start over?
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