Blackfish Critique

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LAZY ARGUING Sea World’s attempt to refute the documentary “Blackfish” was so disappointing. It did not just fail; it crashed and burned. “Blackfish” is a documentary that shows the psychological and physical harm Sea World is doing to their Killer whales by keeping them in a confined space. The Documentary also demonstrates the danger Sea World is putting their trainers in by having them work with their killer whales. In response Sea World published, on their website, an article titled "Truth about Blackfish". The article attempts multiple times to discredit "Blackfish" by using weak arguments and deception. These strategies fail by the end of the article and leave the readers unconvinced that Sea World is not harming their own killer …show more content…
It honestly feels like SeaWorld spent thirty minutes or less on this and just posted it on their websites. The entire article is spent trying to shift focus away from what SeaWorld does wrong and instead redirect focus onto what Blackfish does wrong. In the same article multiple times they state that “Blackfish” makes false statements about the circumstances of Ms. Brancheau’s death, stating "The film spins an entirely fictitious account of Dawn Bracheu 's death in order to advance its anti-captivity narrative". However the reality is that an experienced trainer in SeaWorld was killed either on purpose or by accident by a killer whale in SeaWorld. This means that at any given time any trainer working with a killer whale is in danger of losing his or her life and SeaWorld never addresses this concern. In the article Sea World is always on the offensive focusing on damaging the credibility of "Blackfish" by calling it "bias slant". Yet, at no point in the article does Sea World take the time to address the main arguments and concerns made by "Blackfish" and defend itself. For some unknown reason Sea World did not address the main issues of the documentary and the fact that they didn’t is suspicious to the readers. Leaving the readers asking the question why didn 't they address the main arguments, to which the readers have already answered it with the conclusion that Sea World might be afraid to address these arguments. At the end of the article "Truth About Blackfish" it is clear that they failed to change anyone 's mind about "Blackfish". Their strategy to lie and manipulate the truth to their readers did not work. As a result Sea World has damaged its own credibility and image to their readers. It is possible that "Blackfish" is manipulative with the footage sequences. However in the argument of whether or not Killer Whales are hurt by being in captivity "Blackfish" still makes the better

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