|Editors Note:Editors Note: In response to this
article, the website in question added "Prayers for Natalee" t-shirts to their
offerings, but have yet to return our phone call.
| The disappearance of Alabama teen
Natalee Holloway has had a definite impact on tourism to Aruba - people are
scared to visit the island in fear for their own safety and security. On at
least one occasion, Aruban officials have pleaded to the general public to
continue to visit their island which lives on tourism in response to a tourism
drop off, and now even Aruban citizens are getting in on the act.
Boycott Watch received an email from someone in
Aruba bringing our attention to a website that has apparently made many people
in Aruba upset - www.ToHellWithAruba.com which features a counter for the
number of days Natalee Holloway has been missing and offers t-shirts mocking
the island and promoting a boycott of it. The author of the email to us has
good intentions and wishes people would offer "Prayers for Natalee" t-shirts,
as both Americans and Arubans are both praying for a happy ending to this sad
We were unable to contact the sponsors of the
'To Hell With Aruba' website, so we will let it speak for itself and let you
read the email from Aruba so you can decide for yourself what the truth is.
Boycott Aruba website:
---- Original Email from
Name: Caresse (Last name withheld by Boycott Watch to
protect the innocent.)
Select State --
phone_no: (Withheld by Boycott Watch to
protect the innocent.)
www.tohellwitharuba.com is out to boycot Aruba , while the telephone number
featured on the site is answered by a machine, which underlines the very
cowardly approach of these people.
The site depicts
our little island paradise in extremely insulting and destructive ways, while
the Arubans are actually a people of friendly, healthy-fun-loving and peaceful
people who welcome all who visit our sunny island with open arms and warm
hospitality. The Aruban economy depends primordially on tourism and most
Arubans get out of bed every single morning thinking of more creative ways to
please and pamper all visitors.
Our hearts bleed for
the disappearance of Natalee, and the sorrow of her family is our own.
Though I am well aware of the right of freedom of
speech I also believe it is my responsibility to rightfully defend Aruba
against such destructive and unfoundedly morbid attacks as posted primordially
on the T-Shirts for sale on the abovementioned site, which does not lead to
serve any other purpose but to try and cause damage.
Right now the holders of this site are behaving like
vultures; calculatingly circling above an extremely painful occurrence and
exploiting it to serve their own ravenous convenience.
Selling T-shirts with swearwords is hardly going to
bring Natalee back, neither do we believe that the family members, who have
shown to be very decent people would approve of this abusive approach in
reference to their Natalee, who has by now become OUR Natelee too.
The fact that they dare use the colors and details of
our Flag in their offensive projections does really make their approach
I understand that you may have
some influence in cleaning up information, which is harmful to others on the
web. If this is the case, please consider taking action with the site in
In any case, it would be nice to see them
continue selling the T-shirt with text: "Prayers for Natalee"
---- End Of Original Email from Aruba ----