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9/11 Museum Pulls Gift Item From Shop After Outcry Over Insensitivity Toronto Sun, Reuters, USA Today, WSJ

"The National September 11 Memorial Museum gift shop has pulled an item that provoked cries of protest for its insensitivity: a U.S. shaped ceramic cheese platter marking the three spots where the hijacked airplanes went down, it said on Thursday," The Toronto Sun reports, citing Reuters.

In an email, a spokesperson for the museum said: "The commemorative tray that is meant for display, not serving, has been removed."

The report adds: "The new museum in lower Manhattan won mostly positive reviews from local media and those with personal ties to the attacks alike when it opened earlier this month, after years of delays and controversy. But the museum's gift shop, which sells items such as fire department apparel and rescue vests for dogs, has come under criticism from some family members of those who died in the attacks as well as the first responders who worked in the rubble of the fallen twin towers."

A report by USA Today notes: "Since it opened May 21, the museum has taken heat for selling souvenirs like hoodies with the image of the Twin Towers, stuffed animal search dogs and jewelry."

Adds The Wall Street Journal: "Responding to criticism of the gift shop since the museum's dedication earlier this month, Joe Daniels, president of the memorial foundation, said Wednesday in an interview that the museum would enlist more help in vetting products from the 9/11 family members who sit on the foundation's board."

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