The documentary “Blackfish” has done no favors for SeaWorld.
This summer we told you about the odd response the company had
to the backlash stemming from the movie, which makes bold claims of animal mistreatment. Now, several musicians are hopping on the anti-SeaWorld bandwagon.
Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson and Heart are among the musical acts to back out of the park’s “Bands, Brew & BBQ” series.
The Barenaked Ladies announced its decision on Facebook:
Clearly a tough decision for the Canadian lads as it’s every band’s ambition to play SeaWorld, along with the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden.
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Barenaked Ladies’ choice may have come in part as a response to a change.org petition
with 12,000-plus signatures from fans and aquatic life enthusiasts encouraging the band to watch the movie and nix its SeaWorld performance.
Heart made its announcement on Twitter:
And although SeaWorld claimed that Willie Nelson made his decision to cancel due to “scheduling conflicts,” the 80-year-old country singer and cannabis aficionado had this to say to a CNN reporter
"I don't agree with the way they treat their animals. It wasn't that hard a deal for me."
According to The Daily Beast
, change.org petitions are also afoot urging Cheap Trick
, REO Speedwagon
, Trisha Yearwood
and others to cancel their scheduled performances.
And Joan Jett has asked the park to stop using her song “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” during its “Shamu Rocks” show, according to Reuters
SeaWorld issued the following response in a written statement to Reuters:
While we're disappointed a small group of misinformed individuals was able to deny fans what would have been great concerts at SeaWorld by Heart, Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson, we respect the bands' decisions.