Ohhhhhh, barracuda indeed!!
Bands performing at Sea World's Bands, Brew & BBQ early next year are dropping like flies as Heart has announced they will also be canceling their scheduled performance!
The theme park has been the center of controversy lately due to the disturbing documentary Blackfish, which highlights their mistreatment of killer whales. But while some bands didn't exactly point the finger of blame at the eye-opening flick, Ann and Nancy Wilson say that's EXACTLY why they bowed out!
Heart's official Twitter account made the announcement and wrote:
Here's taking a stand!
Willie Nelson has cancelled an upcoming concert at Florida’s SeaWorld due to criticism from animal rights activists, surrounding the controversial doc Blackfish.
The event was scheduled for next year and it was supposed to be a part of SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & BBQ events.
Officially, he blamed scheduling conflicts, which is true if the schedule conflicts with his moral code! Ha! No, but really, it seems like it's just a growing trend in performers thinking twice before going ahead and performing at a park that keeps animals in captivity.
In fact, interestingly enough, The Barenaked Ladies have also snubbed the event over animal rights issues, saying:
We should all know by now that shark finning is the worst thing ever.
We've had numerous celebs try and put an end to shark finning (like Bo Derek and Leonardo DiCaprio) but people still eat shark fin soup!
Thank goodness Aaron Paul has thrown himself behind the cause so hopefully now some real change is coming!
He recently tweeted:
There's a film called Extinction Soup trying to put an end to shark finning.
Shark finning is cruel and awful and we really hope people check out this movie's indiegogo page and donate to get it off the ground!
Save the sharks!!
Check out the trailer for the movie AFTER THE JUMP!!
We previously mentioned that an American Humane Association (AHA) monitor named Gina Johnson let slip that a tiger almost died while filming Life of Pi!
So even though the movie had a "No Animals Were Harmed" tag, that wasn't exactly true!
A tiger nearly drowned while swimming in a giant tank when he got lost trying to swim to the side.
Life of Pi director Ang Lee opened up about the incident, saying:
Steve Irwin is one of those universally respected icons, and we're happy to see that Bindi — who we saw as a very little girl featured on her dad's show — is growing into such a beautiful young woman (above), one who loves to honor her father!
At 15 years old, she still calls Steve the "greatest dad on the planet," and plans to continue his legacy! Awwww!
Here's what she said about her late dad:
This is just awful!
Whenever we saw that "No Animals Were Harmed" tag at the end of a movie, we felt confident that no animals suffered any sort of abuse.
But according to an internal email from American Humane Association (AHA) monitor Gina Johnson, who was on set during the live tiger scenes in Life of Pi, during one of the few scenes when a live tiger had to be used, the animal almost DIED!
Even though, Gina gave the film the "a-okay," that wasn't the case - and she even let it slip in a confidential email! Hmm, first you put a treasured living creature in harm's way and then you try to cover it up, and admit to malpractice in an email! SUCH A FLAWLESS HUMAN BEING.
They were filming a scene where the tiger was swimming in a giant tank and things went bad. According to an email from Gina:
Ricky Gervais is so funny and talented and smart.
He's really got it together. Especially when it comes towards his view on animals and animal rights.
He went on a twitter rant (which has since been deleted) calling out hunters everywhere!