MY response to a response:
"But Blackfish sells way more tickets if they paint Seaworld out to be this big bad greedy corporation who, you know, takes whales from the wild and makes them jump for fish" - Kyle Kittleson (when asked by the interviewer how can the general public/Blackfish viewers
NOT walk away from this movie feeling or knowing that keeping these whales in captivity is wrong)
🐋Blackfish isn’t “painting” anything. Seaworld is indeed a corporation. Seaworld has indeed taken whales from the wild. And these whales DO jump for fish. In fact, their lives depend on it. And as for the “big, bad, greedy” part? those are YOUR words, not Blackfish.“Blackfish is a movie that is designed to make you FEEL. It is not a movie designed to make you THINK”-KK (backing up his argument that “Blackfish is 85% false”) 🐋 Precisely. And thank goodness because feeling is often an opportunity to stop: and think. Humans weren’t doing a whole lot of thinking years ago as they captured whales from the wild to place them in swimming pools for entertainment purposes. And Kyle even admitted in the interview that he did not agree with the capture process back then because it was so cruel. So feeling is actually the ultimate version of thinking in disguise; it forces you to look at a situation emotionally and then naturally attempt to work out the problem in your mind logically. To feel is simply a wake up call to reality; numbers, statistics, rationality. “Its sexy to not like Seaworld now. And its cool to think that you’re a whale advocate”-KK (an extension of Kyle’s complaint that the general public thinks they can watch ONE film -Blackfish- and just become a whale advocate overnight) 🐋 Yeah its totally rad to support marine mammals and their well-being. We do it for the trendiness alone. Us whale advocates are really just narcissists that want to be cool among the non whale advocates. Allow me to place the sarcasm aside and focus on two things: reversing the roles/passions to showcase some hypocrisy—— During the interview Kyle passionately explains how marine parks and zoos around the world provide people (and especially easily influenced children) with a rare and special opportunity to see these animals extracted from their natural habitat. More specifically, these institutions have the ability to spark an interest in a young child. An interest to take biology courses, pick up litter at a beach, volunteer for an ecology program…..all because the saw a lion pacing in a cage or a dolphin meandering a chlorine tank. And lets just assume that this is true ( and it is for some people ): A child goes to one seaworld performance. The child is then inspired to study marine biology later in life, conserving our oceans and protecting our animals. Kyle obvious recognizes and most importantly, applauds this process. So why are the whale advocates that emerge after Blackfish not considered genuine? All inspirations surface with their own timeline, whether it is overnight or over many years of study. It is unfair and insulting to dismiss or mock someone else’s reasoning for wanting to support animals and their well being, whenever the magic happened. Kyle of all people should be a little more empathetic to this. Instead he just snots it up, and patronizes newfound whale enthusiasts. 🐋Additionally, Kyle twists a few of Blackfish’s film intentions just to make them appear as lies and fallacies…. “Blackfish is 85% lies”-KK Two examples. First, Kyle complains how a scene shot of a former Seaworld trainer doing a water behavior with an orca was falsely paired with the trainer’s description. And secondly, Kyle also complains about a graphic scene showcasing another former trainer working at Seaworld with a bloody face. Just because a scene does not match a trainers description EXACTLY does not mean the experience did not occur. And it certainly doesn’t deserve a false accusation. The trainer in the film was simply describing an orca behavior she had done and then the film switches to footage of a woman doing that specific behavior. The film never officially said that the footage was indeed of herself, nor does it matter. There is no relevancy here in relation to a lie. It is simply a film technique to create a visual for the viewers (don’t forget Blackfish is an educational tool, and a documentary). And as for the footage of the trainer with the bloody face during a show: none of the cast members or film narrators said that an orca whale caused his wounds. Instead there was a montage of cast member interviews explaining the overall dangers of a career at Seaworld (the physical demands, the risks, etc) and running into a screen on stage is apparently one of those occurrences. I find an undeniable unfairness in Kyle’s use of cinema theatrics as an excuse for a platforms of lies, which does not exist. Documentaries are notoriously biased because they typically hold a specific message or fight. And that’s ok. There is nothing wrong or false about using a biased, theatrical film to convey an important issue that needs awareness worldwide. AN IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT NEEDS AWARENESS WORLDWIDE.