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Lay Off Aruba



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Last week I criticized the media’s obsession with the Aruba Teen, whose person has vanished but whose visage is inescapable. Now it looks like the coverage is angering Arubans:

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) – A latent but growing resentment here became evident for the first time when more than 200 people, some wrapped in Aruban flags, said they were incensed by statements made by the mother of a missing American teen.

Those assembled outside the colonial courthouse in this Caribbean capital Tuesday night said they fear their tiny island nation is falsely being portrayed as not doing enough to find Natalee Holloway, the Alabama girl who vanished May 30 on a graduation trip with her high school class.

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There were complaints that some American television coverage unfairly depicted the island, which depends overwhelmingly on tourism, and as being crime- and drug-ridden.

I feel what the Arubans are saying. I would hate to see the media’s reaction if we had lost any blonde girls this weekend, especially since Willie’s picnic actually is crime- and drug-ridden.


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