Friday, October 25, 2013

Black & White and Read All Over

 Guys. Watch BLACKFISH on . We can be better at being humans. - AUS10

Austin tweeted this yesterday to have people watch a show on CNN. Is this another one of those Austin tweets that reads more than meets the eye?

 Blackfish is a 2013 documentary film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

From CNN:  "The film tells the story of the killing in 2010 of experienced SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau by a 12,000-pound orca.

You might be surprised to find out that the director of "Blackfish," Gabriela Cowperthwaite, once would routinely take her kids to shows at SeaWorld in San Diego. That was the case until that day nearly four years ago when the whale Brancheau trained and performed with in Orlando pulled her underwater.

The death led Cowperthwaite to make a documentary, raising questions about the safety and humaneness of keeping killer whales in captivity over the past 39 years."

The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Now Austin is pro-environment. Well we think he still us, it's been a while that we've seen him doing his green thing, but we know he has long loved the ocean.

Now CNN was selling the show about the controversy of taking kids to animal theme parks - like SeaWorld.  And where was BLACKFISH's presence on the CNN's website? Their Parent Page.

 So... it's gotta make you wonder was it the whale or CNN's (parent's) sale that got Austin's attention?

So close to San Diego and old stomping grounds make you wonder if going SeaWorld is something that's been discussed around the dinner table a time or two with another tall and some smalls?

 Happy Austin Friday

1 comment:

the real m said...

I watched Blackfish. Not because of Austin but because it had been touted as very good by a number of critics. After watching, I was not totally convinced that Tillicum deliberately killed his trainers, but I am sure convinced that keeping an Orca in captivity is wrong. Whales are obviously thinking and feeling animals and keeping them penned up to perform is not much different than slavery was. Some of the scenes of mother whales having their offspring taken from them brought me to tears.