Martina McBride has joined the list of musicians who have pulled out of their upcoming SeaWorld performances. She follows fellow country artists Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood who pulled out earlier this month in response to the recently released documentary Blackfish.
“I’ve decided that given all the issues that have been aired recently, the time isn’t right for me to play at Seaworld. I have cancelled my scheduled performance at the Bands, [Brew] & BBQ event in March 2014,” McBride wrote on her Facebook page.
SeaWorld came under fire with the release of the documentary Blackfish, which followed the life in captivity of an orca (a.k.a. ‘killer whale’). The orca, named Tilikum, attacked and killed his trainer Dawn Brancheau and two others in three separate instances, and the film suggests that it was his life in captivity that caused the whale’s aggression. Watch the trailer below.
McBride isn’t the first singer to speak her mind on leaving this performance, in fact she’s the seventh performer to drop out of SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ event.