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Joan Jett Hits SeaWorld With a Cease-and-Desist Order

Written by Michelle Kretzer | December 9, 2013
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SeaWorld execs might want to start learning to play some instruments. The Barenaked Ladies, Heart, and Willie Nelson have all abandoned plans to play at the marine mammal prison, and now the park is getting hit with a cease-and-desist order from Joan Jett.

The rock icon is a long-time friend of PETA and a long-time foe of SeaWorld. And when she learned that the park was using “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” in one of its shows, she immediately let SeaWorld know that she does give a damn about its bad reputation.

Here’s what Joan said in her letter to Jim Atchison, the park’s president and CEO:

“I was surprised and upset to see on YouTube that SeaWorld used ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ as the opening music for its cruel and abusive ‘Shamu Rocks’ show. I’m among the millions who saw Blackfish and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals. These intelligent and feeling creatures communicate by sonar and are driven crazy in the tiny tanks in which they are confined. If I don’t receive written confirmation that SeaWorld will cease and desist from using any Joan Jett & the Blackhearts music, I will be forced to take further action, and you’ll find me among the PETA protesters outside your parks.”

SeaWorld can only remain in business if people continue to buy tickets. Take a page from Joan’s book and tell SeaWorld, “Oh no, not me.”

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  • Amanda Cirne says:

    THANK YOU soooooo much Joan!! You rock girl!!!! <3 <3

  • Jim Mehlich says:

    Thank you Joan Jett for telling seaworld to screw themselves. I am glad to see the people have spoken and do not like being lied to on seaworlds supposedly good treatment which we all know is BS.I to saw blackfish the cronies of seaworld are trying so hard to stop their corporate bleeding.When I was in the Navy I saw these animals in the wild and it was truly amazing to see.Even my shipmates were in awe of these amazing animals and look what they are doing in captivity,they are still stealing the show inspite of there living conditions we can learn so much from them.Again Joan thank you.Sincerely

  • odd gibson says:

    Thank you Joan for standing up, kick some seaworld ass

  • I am amazed by how many people have been inspired by Blackfish! Finally some real change! Yay Joan Jett 😀

  • christine ashcraft says:

    Thank you Joan and go get them!!!!!

  • M Hyland says:


  • Joan…you ROCK! Sea World…you SUCK. Blackfish says it all!

  • Lori Sirianni says:

    Thank you to Joan Jett! And to all the bands and singers who are canceling their acts at SeaWorld – the Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson, Heart and now Cheap Trick. SeaWorld neither understands nor cares about the suffering of their cetaceans, especially by blaring loud music at them knowing they possess echolocation. Thank you to all the compassionate people (including the public) who refuse to promote, condone, or pay for animal suffering.

  • Larry C says:

    Give ’em hell, Joanie ! There is ample evidence to support the fact loud noise, sonar and high frequency waves disturb the patterns of multiple sea creatures and is probably leading to their extinction.

  • Guidon Valerie says:

    Yes jour are an Angel

  • Serge M says:

    impressive Joan! congratulations for speaking up for animals, you got all my admiration

  • The fact is that Sea World steals these smart mammals from their families, puts them in tiny jails for decades, blasts them with over the top music that they steal from the artists. Please boycott Sea World.

  • sheila says:

    awesome rockers, older and younger, I love you all! XOX sharing your stand up for right attitudes <3

  • Thanks, Joan! Class act!

  • Michelle Storace. says:

    Thank you so much for standing up

  • Yea for U Joan, Heart, Willie. I will never go to Sea World until they get rid of the killer whales. It is a terrible punishment for them. Shame on your Greed! The 1 killer whale that attacked & killed his trainer was out of misery. U should have let him go long ago after the 1st attack on a trainer. U do not live up to your name about carrying for animals & their well being. I remember when I used to think U were a good thing.

  • Love you Joan and now even more. Saw you at Bumbershoot awhile back. You’re just awesome. Love you and your bad reputation! I actually saw Namu the first captured orca as a teenager and it was very disturbing. I could tell how depressed and tortured the beautiful animal was. Heartbreaking! Thank you so much for your activism!<3

  • Laura Powell says:

    Thank you, Joan, for taking action to try and help these poor, imprisoned creatures. All for money and the benefit of people’s entertainment. I would love to see Sea World shut down and out of business. Be assured, you have a fellow protestor ready and willing!

  • I think SeaWorld has to get permission to use Joan Jett’s music since there is an entrance fee and money is generated for the park. How did she not know this? Regardless, at least she is standing up for the poor sea mammals at SeaWorld. The more celebrities that come forward, the more the message gets out that these wonderful intelligent animals are being used and abused for profit without any care or consideration of their rights as creatures of this eart.

  • Thank you Joan Jett , I hope you do take further action and use it to help them , live a life they were ment to live !!!