Caitlin Sanchez is only 14, but she just filed a very grown-up multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Nickelodeon, MTV Networks and Viacom.
Sanchez was 12 when she was hired as the voice of Nickelodeon's hit animated series "Dora the Explorer." She was paid $5,115 per episode and allegedly promised a cut of Dora's lucrative merchandising revenue. Now, after being dismissed from her role because she reached puberty and could no longer provide the right-sounding voice, Sanchez has some observers questioning the network's practices in hiring minors.
No, she doesn’t. This is bogus “growing trend” writing. “Observers” have been questioning child labor in show business for a long time. And what is an “observer,” anyway? Someone who stands across the street from the studio with a pair of binoculars? Is it a paid position, or volunteer?
Nick released a statement:
"The claims being made are baseless. Unfortunately, Caitlin's voice changed and she was no longer able to portray the Dora character, as happened with the actress who originated the role. Caitlin's contract was extensively negotiated through her agent and in compliance with her union. She was well compensated for her work and for personal appearances. We have enjoyed working with Caitlin on 'Dora the Explorer' these past three years, and we did in fact offer her a contract for other work with us."
Observers are also questioning whether this will affect the growing trend of people in Hollywood suing over money, as well as the rising trend of people never ever working in the business again. Meanwhile, did you know you could get a Dora the Explorer costume for Halloween? This is what Amazon has:
Orange pants and a pink shirt. Observers say you could pull this together from stuff you have around the house. How do they know what's in your closet? Are they going through your drawers while you're at work?