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‘Blackfish’ gives SeaWorld a black eye

Nearly all of the acts scheduled for coming concert series have pulled out

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On Dec. 11, the Orlando Sentinel published a story questioning whether the public backlash would have any impact on the park’s bottom line. Conclusion: probably not. The piece points out that the park is on target to post massive earnings in 2013, Blackfish notwithstanding.

And the park, as it has been since the film’s release, was nothing if not dismissive of the movie’s potential to hurt it. Calling the critics “a small group of misinformed individuals,” spokesman Nick Gollattscheck said the artists have a standing invitation to visit the park and see “how little truth there is to the allegations made by animal extremist groups opposed to the zoological display of marine mammals.”

He said that the new lineup of Bands, Brews and BBQ artists will be revealed “when all artists have been confirmed.”

In the meantime, SeaWorld better hope that Justin Moore and Scotty McCreery don’t watch Netflix.

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