Show will go on at SeaWorld

By Kristin Giannas, Reporter, kgiannas@clickorlando.com
Published On: Feb 01 2014 06:58:23 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 01 2014 07:09:29 PM EST

Country star Alan Jackson is not following the crowd of artists who are pulling out of their scheduled performances at SeaWorld.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

Country star Alan Jackson is not following the crowd of artists who are pulling out of their scheduled performances at SeaWorld.

"I think they drop out because they're afraid that people will look down on them for performing, but I don't think that's the case. People want to see Alan Jackson," said Jeannette Gardner of New Hampshire.

Martina McBride, Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood are among the artists who cancelled their shows at the Bands, Brew, and BBQ festival, which continues at the park for the next five weekends.

Many of the artists said they are taking a stand after seeing the controversial documentary, "Blackfish," that questions SeaWorld's treatment of orca whales.

Ironically, some people at the park say because of that, they are now boycotting the artists.

"We pay the performers' salary, they don't want to come here, for that reason, I'll boycott them, I won't see any of them," said Mike Stencel.

"This is a family park, we've had these passes for 12 years and we'll continue coming," said Donna Walker of Deland.

This is the first year that Walker will not be able to plan ahead. SeaWorld has not released who is performing after this weekend's shows.

In a statement released to Local 6, a spokesperson for SeaWorld said, "We plan to announce the weekend's acts each week. We'll announce next weekend's acts early next week."

"We'll just wait and see who comes, it's always good," said Walker.

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