Imagine the shock Joan Jett felt when she discovered on YouTube that SeaWorld was using her rock anthem, “I Love Rock & Roll,” in their ‘Shamu Rocks’ whale performance. Considering Jett is a vegetarian, an animal rights advocate, and a spokesperson for PETA, it makes SeaWorld’s use of the song extra inappropriate.
“I was surprised and upset to see on YouTube that SeaWorld used I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll as the opening music for its cruel and abusive ‘Shamu Rocks’ show. I’m among the millions who saw Blackfish and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals,” Jett wrote in her letter to SeaWorld’s President and CEO, Jim Atchison. “These intelligent and feeling creatures communicate by sonar and are driven crazy in the tiny tanks in which they are confined. If I don’t receive written confirmation that SeaWorld will cease and desist from using any Joan Jett & the Blackhearts music, I will be forced to take further action, and you’ll find me among the PETA protesters outside your parks.”
SeaWorld may love rock and roll, but several rock and rollers no longer love them. Joan Jett joins Willie Nelson, Heart, and Barenaked Ladies in their boycott of SeaWorld. Nelson, Heart, and BNL recently announced that they would not be participating in the marine park’s February music festival, Bands, Brew & BBQ. Petitions are circulating for the remaining musical acts scheduled to appear at SeaWorld, so it’s just a matter of time until we find out who else loves orcas more than rock and roll.
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