Joan Jett To SeaWorld: Cease and Desist on “I Love Rock N Roll”

Vegetarian bad girl rocker Joan Jett has served SeaWorld with a cease and desist order over what she claims is the unauthorized use of her signature hit, “I Love Rock N Roll”, the song which kickstarted her solo career after the Runaways broke up. Gothamist reports that PETA member Jett, in an open letter to SeaWorld president Jim Atchison, wrote:

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’s reliance on cruelty and captivity for commerce has been widely exposed. I hope you’ll take the respectable path and release the captive orcas to coastal sanctuaries so that they can live out their lives with other orcas in nature. This move would show that your company is truly family-friendly. This message is not a complete statement of my rights and remedies, all of which are expressly reserved.

It’s Blackfish backlash. The film, which documents what former trainers call abusive treatment of orcas, has raised awareness of SeaWorld and other marine parks’ practices. Gothamist reports that since the film’s release, Heart, Willie Nelson, and Barenaked Ladies all canceled their upcoming shows at Sea World’s Orlando park. Last year Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee already prohibited SeaWorld from using the band’s songs in the “Shamu Rocks” show.

Here’s Jett playing two more of her hits live this year at the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Don’t expect to see her ever at San Diego’s SeaWorld–unless it’s outside protesting.

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© Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com

34 Responses to "Joan Jett To SeaWorld: Cease and Desist on “I Love Rock N Roll”"
tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:13 pm 1

Joan Jett! Bad ass rocker. Grew up with her, so to speak, and love her and love it.


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:15 pm 2

I just wish PETA was as concerned about human animals.


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:21 pm 3

Elliot, just by the bi, don’t make me puke!


Elliott | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:21 pm 4

Go Joan!

Blackfish backlash indeed


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:23 pm 5
In response to Elliott @ 4

Elliot!!!111


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:24 pm 6
In response to tw3k @ 5

was vomiting on your twitter feed btw.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:34 pm 7

Joan is pretty awesome. But militant vegetarians make me nervous.


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:36 pm 8
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 7

Most militants make me nervous :/


Elliott | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:40 pm 9
In response to tw3k @ 5

tw3k!! How goes it?


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:43 pm 10
In response to Elliott @ 9

good :) You! Been a strange trip since.


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:44 pm 11
In response to tw3k @ 10

You? ;)


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:46 pm 12

I couldn’t watch Blackfish, too upsetting. (And I miss Marineland which was a dedicated teaching and rehab facility on Palos Verdes peninsula in SoCal, that ran a few rides and had a couple shows to fund their actual work)


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:49 pm 13
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 12

I’ve always been amazed at how much the american public loves animals yet decimates human populations in policy.


Elliott | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:51 pm 14
In response to tw3k @ 11

goes good :)

hadn’t seen you around these parts


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:51 pm 15
In response to tw3k @ 13

What about the pets!


Elliott | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:51 pm 16
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 12

I couldn’t either, I don’t think I made it through the trailer


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:52 pm 17
In response to Elliott @ 14

gud :) Aye, been awhile.


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:55 pm 18

By error or design, some how, a little mutt has adopted me, lol. I don’t like dogs but this little mutt shadows me.


Elliott | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:57 pm 19
In response to tw3k @ 18

aww – name?


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:58 pm 20
In response to tw3k @ 18

pups are good. I miss mine, but then again, I can go away for 6 hours and not fret that Dog needs to go outside.


kafka | Tuesday December 10, 2013 08:59 pm 21

Elliott | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:00 pm 22

tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:01 pm 23
In response to Elliott @ 19

newt! lill, shih tzu, maltese. Named after a character in an Alien movie.


Elliott | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:02 pm 24
In response to kafka @ 21

surely!


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:02 pm 25
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 20

i dunno. Somehow this mutt chose his person.


Elliott | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:02 pm 26
In response to Elliott @ 22

and this also
http://imgur.com/3RvhgIh
too


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:04 pm 27
In response to Elliott @ 26

You’ve been on the web too long, lol.


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:07 pm 28

fdl has a glich. You have to reload to reply… in less it was designed that way, lol.


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:09 pm 29
In response to tw3k @ 28

tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:11 pm 30
In response to tw3k @ 29

Have I mentioned how much youtube sucks lately?


Elliott | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:20 pm 31
In response to tw3k @ 29

Ha!

time for me to go to bed

g’night Lisa, goodnight tw3k – also kafka


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:22 pm 32

i am fading, I got about 3 hours sleeptotal in the past 24 hours.


tw3k | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:23 pm 33
In response to Elliott @ 31

gute nacht


Alex Gordon | Tuesday December 10, 2013 09:39 pm 34

Have any of you ever tasted cooked whale?


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