SeaWorld has had a really, really bad few months. This summer saw the release of the documentary Blackfish, which explored the death of whale trainer Dawn Brancheau at their San Diego park. Brancheau was crushed by a 12,000 pound bull orca named Tilikum, who's also been implicated in the deaths of two other people; filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite used Brancheau's death as the starting point for a for an extremely harsh look at the cruelty and exploitation backing the park's "family fun." (In a response, Michael Scarpuzzi, the Vice President of Zoological Operations at the San Diego park, called the film "inaccurate and shamefully misleading.")
Image via. A "concept sketch" of the planned float, which will feature both whales and surprises, apparently.
And just when the controversy was starting to die down, the news that SeaWorld will have a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade fired it all back up again.More »