“You watched Blackfish, a one-sided piece of propaganda, and now you think you know everything about SeaWorld!”
And yet I’m sure that if someone were to visit seaworld and become a seaworld fanatic based solely on their visit to the park, you wouldn’t take issue with that. Do you nudge the person sitting next to you in Shamu Stadium trying to engage them in a conversation about orca captures? No? But I thought it was so important to you that people know both sides of the story!
Blackfish has gotten a lot of attention, but seaworld’s been around for fifty years, and Shamu doesn’t become a household name without seaworld’s powerful fifty-year-long media influence. There have been countless Travel-Channel behind-the-scenes shows, staged news segments, commercials, Shamu-Show DVDs - you name it - that give a very distinct one-sided view of seaworld. Have you ever complained about the one-sidedness of any of these media releases? I seriously doubt it.
Your problem with Blackfish isn’t that it only tells one side of the story. Your problem with Blackfish is that it tells the side of story that you don’t like - a side of the story that until now has been kept relatively quiet in comparison to everything that’s spewed out of seaworld’s mouth in the last fifty years.
(For the record, I’m not saying that Blackfish should be anyone’s sole source of information regarding the captivity industry. It is important to do additional research! I’m just so, so tired of hearing this ^ phrase uttered by seaworld supporters when it’s such a hypocritical statement).