Last year, while watching different social media channels related to SeaWorld, I learned about the term Blackfish. I would see someone comment on a Facebook post, “Have you seen Blackfish” or “You Need to See Blackfish.”
Those were the nice comments I saw.
Needless to say there are times when things got really nasty. Someone I know was at a SeaWorld event in San Diego and was Tweeting about the event. Some nameless troll on the internet attacked her with the comment. “I hope a Killer Whale eats your daughter.” This is not the only comment or remark I have seen that threatened violence in the name of Blackfish. Talk about hypocrisy.
You talk about wanting to save whales, while threatening human life.
Based upon the nasty comments I saw, I was not about to spend money on seeing this. Needless to say, when Black Fish showed up on Netflix, I decided to give it a look. I have now seen this work at least four times.
I would agree with many that the story is a tragedy.
Black Fish tells a story of two and possibly three people who were killed by SeaWorld’s killer whale named Tillicum. There is also a segment that talks about the death of a trainer in Spain. These deaths are a tragedy, and I wish they had not happened. I am truly sorry for the loss that these families have endured.
But the tragedy does not stop there.
The real tragedy is that people involved in making Blackfish have no regard for human life and dignity. The people involved in creating Blackfish chose to take personal tragedies, manipulate the situation and use these deaths not to support the families, but to promote a personal agenda against SeaWorld.
Most of what is shared is speculation, conjecture and personal opinion. The work was well put together to create emotion. This emotion was designed to create anger and hatred, not love and support for those who lost someone.
After having seen the video multiple times, I wanted to know what Dawn Brancheau’s family had to say about SeaWorld and Blackfish.
The website is filled with pictures of Dawn and the animals from SeaWorld.
Here are some quotes:
“First and foremost, we are not affiliated with this movie in any way. We did not assist with its creation and were unaware of its content until the film was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. The Dawn Brancheau Foundation as well as our family members have never and will never accept any compensation from its production.”
“Dawn would not have remained a trainer at SeaWorld for 15 years if she felt that the whales were not well cared for. Trainer safety was important to Dawn, and it remains important to us as well. Our family always supported Dawn and we continue to support Dawn’s friends and co-workers who currently care for the animals she so loved.”
This last quote breaks my heart, because this is what Blackfish and the media have done.
“Since Dawn’s death nearly four years ago, the media has focused mainly on the whales. A human life was lost that day and it feels as though some believe her death was just a footnote.”
These quotes can be found at: http://dawnsfoundation.org/share-your-stories/images/dawn-brancheaus-family-statement-about-blackfish
This is the tragedy that is Blackfish.
Four people have died.
Families grieve and morn over their loss.
Others choose to profit from these losses.
The director and producers freely chose to use people’s pain and loss for their own personal gain and to promote a personal agenda against SeaWorld.
Now, I am not here to say that SeaWorld is a perfect organization and that they don’t make and have not made mistakes in the past. SeaWorld is striving to make changes for the better.
Over the past 50 years, SeaWorld has save the lives of over 23,000 animals. Many of these animals were hurt due to the negligence of people.
Besides taking care of animals, SeaWorld continues helping others by supporting our countries military and their families.
My family and I will continue to support SeaWorld. We will continue to be educated, make connections, and create family memories because of the wonderful staff and animals at SeaWorld.