UPDATE: Danny just tweeted this:
Many companies r claiming 2 partner w/ Sophia’s Heart (clothes, eyewear, ect).They r all SCAMS. We have not seen 1 penny nor been contacted
Last week I posted a story about the online eyewear company, FramesDirect.com selling eyeglasses on behalf of Danny Gokey Gear, with part of the proceeds going to Danny Gokey’s charity, Sophia’s Heart foundation.
One would think with the advert not only sporting Danny’s photo, but also the American Idol official logo, that it would somehow be affiliated with Danny Gokey.
The real deal became clearer over the weekend when curious fans contacted FramesDirect.com for more information and the company replied that they were partnered with a Danny Gokey FANSITE, NOT Danny Gokey himself.
Later, Frames Direct updated their site, removing Danny’s photo and the AI Logo, and adding this disclaimer:
Please Note: This is not a direct partnership with Danny Gokey but instead we are providing FramesDirect.com customers with a selection of eyeglasses worn by Danny Gokey on American Idol. FramesDirect.com will donate 50% of our profits from any sales of products listed on this page between May 24th 2009 and July 21st 2009 to Sophia’s Heart Foundation.
Using Danny’s likeness and the AI logo to sell glasses without a formal affiliation? I’m surprised FramesDirect.com didn’t instantly get a Cease and Desist from 19. Believe me, they harass peeps for far less.
MTV did some digging, contacting the fan who started Danny Gokey Gear, and basically could not get a concrete answer about how the funds will be distributed to Danny’s charity.
In fact, the fan claims he tried to make contact with Sophia’s Heart, but has yet to formally connect to the organization. So, there’s no set plan in place to transfer funds to the organization. Yet, they are promoting the venture with promises to donate a percentage of proceeds to the charity.
Fishy! Danny, or somebody at 19 needs to step in….