Has Steve Irwin’s teen daughter made a wrong move by promoting a very controversial wildlife park?
Bindi Irwin, 15, is in deep water over her move to partner up with SeaWorld.
The Aussie animal-loving teen is facing a tirade of abuse in the US since she’s found herself at the centre of one of the biggest animal scandals of our time.
Bindi has appeared on morning TV show Good Morning America with mum Terri and brother Robert and announced that she is teaming up with SeaWorld theme parks.
It’s a seriously controversial move for the young teen, considering SeaWorld have been overwhelmed by bad press following the release of popular documentary Blackfish last year. The award-winning doco explores the treatment of killer whales during their capture and time in captivity at SeaWorld.
But Bindi doesn’t seem to be fazed by her association with the theme park, saying:
“I’m so excited to be carrying on in Dad’s footsteps and making sure that everything he worked so hard for continues for the generations to come…that’s why I’m thrilled to be empowering kids…I’m thrilled to be partnered up with SeaWorld.”
Considering the Irwin’s have always been proactive in protecting animals, it does appear to be a strange move for Bindi. She also starred in Free Willy 4, a film about saving a killer whale, so that’s awkward.
Twitter went into meltdown after her announcement, with many users criticising Bindi for teaming up with SeaWorld:
“How much do you think #SeaWorld had to pay Bindi Irwin to try to fix their image?”
“@BindiIrwin Have you seen #Blackfish? Please do not bring shame to your fathers name by colluding with #SeaWorld”.
SeaWorld, which has theme parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio and is not associated with Australia’s park of the same name, have now launched a campaign against Blackfish.
Is it wrong of Bindi to have partnered up with SeaWorld?