Something smells fishy!
There's been HUGE backlash against SeaWorld after the release of the gruesome Blackfish, documenting the mistreatment of whales throughout their 39-year history….
….so why would 99% of viewers say "no" when asked whether the flick changed their perception of the park??!
After further investigation, The Orlando Business Journal discovered that nearly 54 percent of 328 votes cast on their online poll between December 31 and January 2 actually came from a SeaWorld IP address.
Uh oh! Something tells us this wasn't the publicity save they were hoping for!
Still, Seaworld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck explained:
"It's important to note we have more than 6,000 team members in Orlando, between three parks and our company headquarters. I think anyone would expect that an Orlando publication would be read and responded to by some of those team members. Our team members have strong feelings about their park and company and we encourage them to make their opinions known. If a poll is posted regarding SeaWorld, our team members have as much a right as anyone else to vote and express their opinion. We're unsure why that's being questioned here."
True! And seeing as the CNN doc doesn't exactly do the famous park any favors, we could totes see why so many employees would hit the internet to lend support.
Not so shockingly, just a day after the skewed results were revealed, 70 percent of more than 1,7000 voters said "yes," to the same question.
Well, obviously the people have spoken!
Whether or not the ultra revealing flick will lead to SeaWorld's demise has yet to be discovered!
Will YOU visit SeaWorld again after seeing Blackfish
- Sure! (10%)
- Flip no! (90%)
Total Votes: 3,343
[Image via SeaWorld.]
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