Finally, SeaWorld is getting some help telling their side of the blackfish story. It was beginning to seem like they just didn’t care about the bad publicity since it was not affecting their attendance numbers. I think that Everyone wants SeaWorld to survive this mess but We want them to prove that the blackfish story is untrue. This is a step in the right direction.
Whoever said that any publicity is good publicity was genius. Blackfish could now be referred to as goldfish for SeaWorld. As the bands were dropping out of SeaWorld bands, brews and BBQ, SeaWorld did little to nothing about it. They did not defend themselves other than invite the performers to tour SeaWorld and make their mind up themselves. It just goes to show, or it just goes to remind us that People do not really care about anything that isn’t directly pertaining to them. I say this because SeaWorld experienced their best Park attendance ever since the blackfish movie first debuted on CNN.
It is fair to mention that CNN doesn’t have a lot of viewers so it is possible that the Blackfish movie didn’t reach near as many People as You might have thought.
So, where does that leave SeaWorld? with a big, big savings from the money that They now do not have to pay the bands that cancelled Bands, Brews and BBQ because People do not give a shit about Blackfish, and they love BBQ so they will come and they will eat. Who will replace all these bands? Maybe some SeaWorld employees will make it like a talent show and invite People up on stage to join in on some karaoke. SeaWorld can laugh all the way to the bank!
Bridgette Pirtle, a former SeaWorld trainer and a heavy part of the blackfish documentary has said that The movie isn’t accurate. Purtie said that the Movie was a total 180 from what She was told was going to be presented. Bridgette said her involvement in the Movie was for the sole purpose of making sure the story of Her close friend Dawn Brancheau was presented truthfully. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Bridgette gave an interview to a Disney themed website recently. Why She gave an interview to a website that would not get near the publicity that a newspaper would, is unknown.
In the Blackfish Movie, Tilikum was an angry killer whale due to its captivity and when it had the chance to pull Dawn in the water and kill Her it did so.
While Pirtle wanted to make sure that No One thought Dawn Brancheau was to blame for her own death, She doesn’t agree with all aspects of the Blackfish movie.
Trace Atkins is number nine to cancel but at this point what number He is doesn’t really matter. Trace was not even listed as a possible performer but yet His cancellation is creating more negative publicity for SeaWorld. Trace Atkins will perform in a few nearby Cities, none of those containing controversy. The 6’6″ Singer decided to pull out of His commitment to SeaWorld because He wanted the focus to be on His music and not on controversy. It has been a common theme among those that cancelled. Out of the nine so far that have cancelled, the reason for at least 8 of them is the demands that came from their fans who watched the blackfish movie.
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.38 Special is band number eight to cancel The SeaWorld concert series that plays at Bands, Brews and BBQ. SeaWorld did not comment about this cancellation, it is getting so bad that how in the world can they make any comment. SeaWorld Execs should be in a locked room working 24 hours a day and stopping for bread and water until they can fix this problem. Not much has been coming from the offices off International Drive in Orlando, either SeaWorld doesn’t care or they have a really good plan that should be announced very soon. The cancellations have all been because of the movie “Blackfish” but the pressure has come from social media by fans of the cancelled bands. Is Blackfish achieving what they intended to achieve? Has anything changed? Will SeaWorld meet with the leaders of these protest to see if they can compromise? This is nothing more than corporate blackmail in the age of social media. If You are on the side of SeaWorld or Blackfish, You have to admit this would not have been achieved if not for social media. Social media is attacking every band that was on the list that has now been taken off the SeaWorld website.
The only bands left from the original list that have not cancelled are Justin Moore and Scotty McCreery.
Martina McBride is the 7th artist to pull out of SeaWorld Concert series, Bands, Brews and BBQ. Her schedule has already been corrected on Her media release.
The cancellation is tied to the movie “Blackfish” just like the others that have cancelled.
Martina Mariea Schiff was born July 29, 1966 in Sharon, Kansas 54 years old. known professionally as Martina McBride, is an American country music singer
SeaWorld is now a public company, trading under the symbol SEAS. The money raised for that public offering lined the pockets of the higher ups at SeaWorld and made them set for life. The only reason to stay around is to play with “house money”. Blackfish isn’t going to harm the multimillionaires that were produced the day SeaWorld went public, the money is already in the bank but the public company known as SEAS could start to feel the hurt as the public hears the daily effects of the CNN Documentary, Blackfish. So just who is Blackfish going to hurt? The People that invested their hard earned money in this public offering and the everyday worker at Seaworld. As the park loses visitors the lowest level workers are always first to go, no need to have 5 People operating an attraction that can be done by one. The executives are always the last to go unless they get fired then the first thing the pubic company does is give them millions in severance pay, so they can sit at home and count their money. The hourly worker and part time management usually just get let go.
What was Blackfish’s intention? If They wanted to make SeaWorld change the way they treated their animals why did they wait until after the Public offering? They had all the video from years ago for the documentary and there was rumor about it coming out about a year before it did. So how is it that this made for television documentary didn’t come out until just a few months after SeaWorld went public? The power behind the “Blackfish” movie would have been far greater if it was dangled in the face of SeaWorld prior to the public offering and the fact that it wasn’t smells FISHY. The Executives in charge of SeaWorld prior to the public offering would have walked through fire if Blackfish producers asked them to. But now the money is in the bank and the worst that can happen to them is get more money to resign and vacation in the Bahamas for the rest of their lives. Now Blackfish is causing artist to cancel concerts at Bands, Brew and BBQ in record numbers but Who is that hurting? The opportunity to negotiate with SeaWorld on their treatment of animals passed the day SeaWorld went Public.
REO Speedwagon is Band number 6 to cancel SeaWorld Concert. The 80’s sensational hair and voices cancelled via facebook on Friday. The band’s sources cited Blackfish as the reason. SeaWorld Continues to issue a generic response to the cancellations saying that the artist are welcome to visit SeaWorld and talk to the trainers about how the animals are really treated. Others to cancel Seaworld concerts
Trisha Yearwood is number 5 to cancel SeaWorld Concert appearance and even SeaWorld expects more. All the cancellations are tied to the movie “Blackfish” even though Trisha Yearwood says that She has not seen the movie. The pressure from social networks have caused a stir since the movie was put out. The movie was put out after the Theme Park went public earlier in 2013.
The others to cancel are: Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson, Heart and Cheap Trick.
Who will they ask to replace these acts? Who will show up and make a statement that they agree with SeaWorld’s treatment of animals? How can an act perform at SeaWorld and remain neutral?
Cheap Trick is band number four to cancel SeaWorld Concerts, number one was barenaked Ladies, number two was Willie Nelson, number three was Heart. The four bands all cited the way SeaWorld treats its animals as the reason to pull out. SeaWorld issued a blanket statement for all “We are sorry that a small group of misinformed individuals are preventing so many People to enjoy their music.
The big stink was made from the movie “Blackfish” which puts SeaWorld in a very ugly light in the way it treats its animals, specifically the killer whales.
SeaWorld went public earlier this year, it is unknown why the makers of Blackfish did not get the movie out prior to that. The success of that public offering would most likely have been far different had the public seen this movie first.