Citing ‘Blackfish,’ Heart Abruptly Cancels SeaWorld Performance…

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Following in the footsteps of Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson, Heart have cancelled a SeaWorld performance in response to Blackfish.

The band tweeted: “Heart has chosen to decline their forthcoming performance at SeaWorld on 2/9/14 due to the controversial documentary film ‘Black Fish’.”

Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson cancelled after petitions on urged them to do so. The petitions were started by fans who saw the documentary; they collectively received over 20,000 signatures.

SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck told CNN:

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”

“The bands and artists have a standing invitation to visit any of our parks to see firsthand or to speak to any of our animal experts to learn for themselves how we care for animals and how little truth there is to the allegations made by animal extremist groups opposed to the zoological display of marine mammals.”

Gollattscheck originally said Willie Nelson cancelled due to scheduling conflicts, but Nelson said: “I don’t agree with the way they treat their animals… It wasn’t that hard a deal for me“.

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5 Responses

  1. Popeye

    I hope Seaworld sues these ignorant activists for breach of contract.

    • Nina Ulloa

      Please do enlighten all the ignorant activists with your SeaWorld knowledge

      • Popeye

        Knee-jerk losers whose only motivation is to misbehave and call attention to themselves. All part of an undignified and uneducated America.

  2. Vectorgeek

    I went to Seaworld once. It made me reevaluate the way I think about using animals for entertainment. These whales are huge and the pens they are in a very small especially considering their range when in the wild. Even the dolphin pens made me sad. It really shouldn’t surprise anyone that the whales in captivity are under stress and they get aggressive and kill people. The thing that really bothers me is Seaworld uses Tilikum to breed new babies to be sent of to other entertainment venues to live their entire life in captivity for the sole benefit of a corporation. Anyway you look at it, it’s just wrong. In the end the only way they are going to stop is if we don’t give them money to do it anymore.