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

Published by Michelle Kretzer.
Joan Jett©

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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