Posted in music | veggie on December 11, 2013

by Wyatt Marshall

Joan Jett at Riot Fest Chicago in September (more by Kristie Shanley)
Joan Jett

Heart, Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies have cancelled performances at SeaWorld Orlando's Bands, Brew & Barbecue February music series (hope seafood's not on the menu) in the wake of multiple airings of the documentary Blackfish on CNN and popular backlash to the conditions of orca captivity portrayed in the film. Blackfish chronicles the 39-year history of killer whales in captivity up until the killing of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau by the orca Tilikum in 2010, a whale that was tied to two previous human deaths. The documentary has sparked outrage over the conditions of orca captivity, and both Willie Nelson and Barenaked Ladies were spurred to make their decisions to not perform based on Change.org petitions. According to the AP, Joan Jett has also asked that the park no longer use her song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" as the "walk-in music" for the "Shamu Rocks" show at the park. The song has since been pulled.

Update: Cheap Trick cancelled too.

Via Bloomberg, SeaWorld's response:

"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," Nick Gollattscheck, a spokesman for SeaWorld Orlando, said in an e-mailed statement.
This isn't the first time Joan Jett's stood up for animal rights. She got herself kicked off of the South Dakota Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Float for being a vegetarian, a lifestyle choice that didn't sit well with the rancher friendly state, and recently Jett lent her likeness to a PETA postage stamp along with Ricky Martin, Paul McCartney, Russell Simmons, and Morrissey (who is NOT signing copies of his book at the Union Square Barnes and Noble this week, and most likely wouldn't perform at SeaWorld).

Would Grimes perform at SeaWorld?

Watch the trailer for Blackfish below...

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Comments (28)

Cheap Trick have cancelled as well.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:25 PM

If seal would boycott then would would really have something to think about!

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:30 PM

Cheap Trick didn't cancel...they Surrendered!

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:32 PM

Oh come on 12:30 did you say that on porpoise!

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:33 PM

I wonder if any FINnish bands will play there!

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:34 PM

Vince GILL has played there before!

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:34 PM

How about Hootie and the Blowfish?

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:35 PM

SHARKeira should play there..

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:36 PM

and Phish? What about Phish? Where do they stand or float on this issue?

Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:41 PM

SeaWorld also asked John Mayer to come and whale

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:42 PM

Jon Fishman said it is a sink or swim proposition.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:46 PM

Enough of this carp!

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:46 PM

I'm sure Bono will wade into the fray at some point.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:48 PM

The Fray Know how to save a life though!

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:49 PM

It's O fish al you guys rule! Smart humor unlike the hummus junk

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:50 PM

Stryper should also play. Wonder who would be on bass though?

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 12:59 PM

slappin' da baaaass

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 2:06 PM

In the end we are all just prawns in SeaWorld's game.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 2:26 PM

Don't be so shellfish!

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 2:34 PM

Octopus you salmon I didn't say flounder?

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 2:52 PM

I'm ORCA ready! You hear that, everybody? ORCA ready!!! Get it?? Get it!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 2:53 PM

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Killer.

Killer who?

Killer whale.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 2:58 PM

Kanye West likes fishsticks

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 4:10 PM

seapunk

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 9:52 PM

A yellow submarine has been dispatched to investigate the matter.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2013 10:58 PM

Four C's ice tea will be served at the shows!

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2013 8:12 AM

One fish, two fish, three fish, four fish, five fish, six fish, seven fish

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2013 9:44 AM

It's so schizophrenic the way we worship these animals yet the only way we show our adoration is imprisonment. I don't want to sound too pussy but it's kinda fucked up to keep a multiple murdering psychotic whale in a little tank, fed tons of fresh fish and his dick is vigorously stroked everyday- Ted Nugent would call bullshit on that! Then selling his cum to breed more of those poor things to a life of cramped hell for the profit of an amusement park is really fucked up karma. I recall a historical anecdote about a bayaka (pygmy is condescending and pejorative) man that was kept in a Victorian zoo as a curiosity and he committed suicide from the crushing inhumanity. Side with the PETA psychos on this issue!

Posted by Jordina | October 29, 2014 5:40 AM

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