Unlike Willie Nelson and Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood didn’t back out of her gig at SeaWorld to make a statement about it’s treatment of their prized Orcas. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Trisha tells Broadway, that she backed out because she didn’t have enough facts to make on.
“I didn’t see ‘Blackfish.’ I was told about it. I backed out because I didn’t know the facts. I didn’t want to do it if it was the wrong thing to do, I didn’t want to not do it. And so, I didn’t come out and make some statement about how horrible SeaWorld is, because I don’t feel that way. I feel like I don’t know the facts.”
“I did lean towards the side of, I’m not even a fan of zoos,” Trisha says. “It’s tough for me, for animals in captivity. But at the same time, I think there are reasons why some animals are, that wouldn’t survive in the wild. So I don’t have a ‘Let’s hate SeaWorld’ mentality, or a ‘They’re the best thing on the planet.’”
“I really didn’t want to be involved in a controversy that I was not educated about, so before tickets went on sale, I pulled out. I thought, ‘This is a battle I don’t want to fight, because I don’t know anything about it.’”
On the other hand, Scotty McCreery kept his gig at the park because he did research and felt compelled to do so.
You can hear Trisha’s entire interview here.