9/11 Museum Yanks Commemorative Cheese Platter After Outrage
A cheese plate, pictured, depicting the United States with three stars marking the sites of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, was removed from the gift shop of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. (Scott Lynch/Gothamist.com)
By Colleen Curry | ABC News
NEW YORK (ABC) - The National September 11 Memorial Museum has pulled its controversial commemorative cheese platter from its shelves after an outcry at the museum’s opening.
The USA-shaped platter featured hearts over New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, where the planes crashed on 9/11. The item was first reported by Gothamist a week ago and was met with resounding criticism.
The museum opened last week to mixed reactions from the public, many of whom praised the actual museum while criticizing the gift shop and restaurant that were built on the land once known as “Ground Zero.”
Many likened it to having a gift shop at a cemetery, noting the many individuals who perished there.
“Once the public starts coming in, you learn so much,” Joe Daniels, president of the memorial foundation told the Wall Street Journal. “We in no way presume to get everything right. We will accept that criticism, absolutely.”
The museum declined to comment on the change to ABC News, but pointed out that family members of 9/11 victims are involved in helping to choose gift shop items.