SeaWorld Orlando has had three acts cancel their performances for their Bands, Brews & BBQ spring event due to the recent Blackfish documentary.
The first to cancel was Country singer Willie Nelson who told Nelson CNN, that the reason for cancelling was because of the documentary and online fan petitions asking artists to reconsider the performance. "I don't agree with the way they treat their animals. It wasn't that hard a deal for me," said Nelson.
Barenaked Ladies also cancelled their performance, stating on Facebook "This is a complicated issue, and we don't claim to understand all of it, but we don't feel comfortable proceeding with the gig at this time."
The lasted band to cancel is Heart who wrote on their Twitter account: "Heart has chosen to decline their forthcoming performance at SeaWorld on 2/9/14 due to the controversial documentary film Blackfish."
SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck told CNN, "While we're disappointed a small group of misinformed individuals was able to deny fans what would have been great concerts at SeaWorld by Heart, Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson, we respect the bands' decisions. The bands and artists have a standing invitation to visit any of our parks to see first hand or to speak to any of our animal experts to learn for themselves how we care for animals and how little truth there is to the allegations made by animal extremist groups opposed to the zoological display of marine mammals."