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11/28/13 at 10:24am in Blackfish Backlash (Latest Edit: 12/14/13 at 07:29pm by Zachary.)
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Inevitable, I suppose.

Sigh.

From CNN:

Quote:(CNN) -- Barenaked Ladies have nixed their plans to play at SeaWorld after viewing CNN's "Blackfish" documentary.

"This is a complicated issue, and we don't claim to understand all of it, but we don't feel comfortable proceeding with the gig at this time," the band said on a Facebook post late Wednesday night.

"The Seaworld folks have been gracious, and extended us invitations to the park to learn more about what they do, and how they do it."

A park spokesman told CNN that the show has been taken off the theme park's concert schedule.

The decision to cancel the Canadian rock band's performance came two days after drummer Tyler Stewart posted a tweet saying the group is "looking at options" after viewing the documentary.

The documentary -- which aired on CNN last month -- tells the story of the SeaWorld trainer who was killed in 2010 by an orca named Tilikum.

Fans launched an online petition last week asking the group to cancel after the Barenaked Ladies announced it would perform at SeaWorld's Orlando park on February 15, 2014, during its "Bands, Brew & BBQ" events.

Mike Garrett of St. Catharines, Canada, posted the petition on Change.org asking band members to watch "Blackfish" and "learn how SeaWorld and other captive display facilities such as Marineland in Niagara Falls have for decades exploited marine mammals solely for profit."

Garrett said he was "disappointed" when he heard the group was scheduled to play there "in light of all the horrific information we're learning."

"I'm hoping to grab the band's attention on this issue and ask them, on behalf of all their animal-loving fans, to reconsider performing there," Garrett wrote. His petition had gained more than 9,200 signatures by Wednesday afternoon.

It worked.

"We here at Barenaked Ladies have made a decision based on what we feel. It's not about money, or petitions, or press... But it is about our fans," the band said Wednesday night. "We listen to them, and they're important to us."

The park's website does not list Barenaked Ladies on the schedule. February 15 and four other weekend dates just say "Coming Soon."

Acts that are listed on the calendar include Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Martina McBride, 38 Special, Justin Moore and Scotty McCreery.

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11/28/13 at 10:28am in Blackfish Backlash
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Seems slanderous at this point TBH, especially if their losing huge amounts of money

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11/28/13 at 10:30am in Blackfish Backlash
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This is so sad for the park, but I can't blame the band. It would destroy their publicity if they went through with it, just because of all the bad rap the park has received right now. Frowning

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11/28/13 at 10:37am in Blackfish Backlash (Latest Edit: 11/28/13 at 10:39am by Nicole.)
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Or, the band could research the "complicated issue" and make a decision based on what they believe the unbiased facts are, rather than canceling merely because of fan pressure. The reason this type of "journalism" is so successful, is that people never question or research what they have been told. People like being self-righteously offended. And it takes courage to contradict that kind of emotional response.

If they do the research and agree with the petition, then fine, they should cancel. If, however, they don't agree with the conclusions, they have the ability to explain theirs views to their fans. Open and intelligent debate can only be a good thing.

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11/28/13 at 10:54am in Blackfish Backlash
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More idiots that have fallen subject to Blackfish's lies....

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11/28/13 at 10:56am in Blackfish Backlash
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I think ParkFans should produce a movie to debunk those lies! Tongue

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11/28/13 at 11:01am in Blackfish Backlash
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I was thinking the same thing, Joe! I can't stand here watching SeaWorld get bashed, when theres another side of the story!

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11/28/13 at 11:52am in Blackfish Backlash
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I still think SEAS has a lot of explaining to do about some of the things depicted in Blackfish and I fear we're going to keep seeing stuff like this hit the news until they can work up a proper response/defense.

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12/06/13 at 02:21pm in Blackfish Backlash (Latest Edit: 12/06/13 at 02:25pm by Nicole.)
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This report probably should be consolidated and renamed with the Barenaked Ladies thread.

The exodus continues:

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Quote:(CNN) -- Willie Nelson is the latest act to cancel a concert at Orlando's SeaWorld in the wake of CNN's "Blackfish" documentary.

The legendary country singer's decision comes after the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies pulled the plug on their show at the Florida theme park.

As with the Barenaked Ladies decision, Nelson's cancellation may have been a response to an online petition started by fans on Change.org.

"As a fan who respects his activism for animals, the environment, and other good causes, I find this very disappointing," Danielle Legg of Amherst, New York, wrote in her petition. "If you've seen the documentary Blackfish, you know why it's so surprising. Please tell Willie Nelson you do not want him to support SeaWorld's animal cruelty."

The petition gathered 9,000 signatures.

SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck confirmed Nelson's decision not to sing at SeaWorld, but he cited reasons other than the documentary and petition.

"Due to scheduling conflicts, Willie Nelson will not be appearing at SeaWorld Orlando's Bands, Brew & BBQ event in 2014," Gollattscheck said in a statement e-mailed to CNN Thursday night.

Nelson and his representatives did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.

When the Barenaked Ladies nixed their plans to play at SeaWorld last week, they explained that it was a decision made after viewing "Blackfish."

"This is a complicated issue, and we don't claim to understand all of it, but we don't feel comfortable proceeding with the gig at this time," the band said on a Facebook post.

"The Seaworld folks have been gracious, and extended us invitations to the park to learn more about what they do, and how they do it."

SeaWorld responds to questions about captive orcas, 'Blackfish' film

A park spokesman told CNN that the Barenaked Ladies show had been taken off the theme park's concert schedule.

The decision to cancel the band's performance came two days after drummer Tyler Stewart posted a tweet saying the group is "looking at options" after viewing the documentary.

The documentary -- which first aired on CNN in October -- tells the story of the SeaWorld trainer who was killed in 2010 by an orca named Tilikum.

Fans launched an online petition asking the Barenaked Ladies to cancel. The group had just announced it would perform at SeaWorld's Orlando park on February 15 during its "Bands, Brew & BBQ" events.

Mike Garrett of St. Catharines, Ontario, posted the petition on Change.org asking band members to watch "Blackfish" and "learn how SeaWorld and other captive display facilities such as Marineland in Niagara Falls have for decades exploited marine mammals solely for profit."

Garrett said he was "disappointed" when he heard the group was scheduled to play there "in light of all the horrific information we're learning."

"I'm hoping to grab the band's attention on this issue and ask them, on behalf of all their animal-loving fans, to reconsider performing there," Garrett wrote. His petition gained more than 9,200 signatures.

It worked.

"We here at Barenaked Ladies have made a decision based on what we feel. It's not about money, or petitions, or press... But it is about our fans," the band said November 27. "We listen to them, and they're important to us."

The park's website does not list Barenaked Ladies on the schedule. February 15 and four other weekend dates just say "Coming Soon."

Acts that are still listed on the calendar include Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Martina McBride, 38 Special, Justin Moore and Scotty McCreery.

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12/06/13 at 02:42pm in Blackfish Backlash
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Ouch. Undecided

(12/06/13 02:21pm)Nic Wrote:  This report probably should be consolidated and renamed with the Barenaked Ladies thread.

Done.

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12/06/13 at 03:02pm in Blackfish Backlash (Latest Edit: 12/06/13 at 03:06pm by CoasterJon18.)
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Tired How long is this bulls*** going to keep up before the idiots calm themselves and this ridiculous trend ends? Seriously, making websites to close down a theme park is utterly immature, stupid, and degrading.

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12/06/13 at 09:36pm in Blackfish Backlash
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(12/06/13 02:42pm)Zachary Wrote:  Ouch. Undecided

It's not ouch, it's ridiculous, it's despicable.

This is ridiculous, they're making decisions based on what other's think? I'll go sing for them if they need me to. I will always support SeaWorld and what it does to help animals, that otherwise wouldn't get that help. This is becoming a bunch of BS.
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12/06/13 at 11:15pm in Blackfish Backlash
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Barenaked Ladies are still around?!?! LOL
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12/07/13 at 12:52am in Blackfish Backlash
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So bring those acts to Busch Gardens and we actually have more than only 4 weeks of Bands Brew and Barbeque
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12/08/13 at 12:20pm in Blackfish Backlash
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Heart cancels SeaWorld show amid 'Blackfish' controversy

"As king, you must find the good in any situation."
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