Before Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's widow Terri and their two children, Bindi and Robert, appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday, the number one rated morning show was warned it could not ask questions about the controversial documentary, Blackfish, which takes issue with the theme park SeaWorld housing killer whales, RadarOnline.com has been told.
A source said: "Team Irwin told Good Morning America if they wanted to have the family on the show to make the announcement about Bindi teaming up SeaWorld, there had to be absolutely no questions about Blackfish.
"It was even taken a step further and producers were told questions about killer whales, orcas, were also prohibited.
"Bindi was given talking points from SeaWorld and the entire announcement was extremely well choreographed and planned. SeaWorld needed this announcement to come off with no diversions."
SeaWorld came under fire last year after the controversial documentary was released, revealing alleged inhumane treatment of the killer whales in their shows — causing musical acts to cancel their gigs at SeaWorld and online petitions asking the public to boycott the park.
“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, so that’s why I’m thrilled to be empowering kids,” Bindi excitedly said.
“Because as kids we are the next generation, we’re the next voters, we’re the next decision makers and the next generation to be really changing the world. So I’m thrilled to be partnered up with SeaWorld, thrilled to be part of this new project Generation Nature, and just encouraging kids to change the world for themselves.”
Responding to the announcement, PETA said: “The Irwin family has been
exploiting animals for years, so it comes as no surprise that Bindi has agreed to become SeaWorld’s latest shill. But plastering her face on
SeaWorld’s website won’t cover up the fact that orcas, dolphins, and other
animals are suffering in SeaWorld’s tiny tanks after being ripped from their families. What millions have realized—through PETA’s massive campaign and the hit documentary Blackfish—is that SeaWorld is no place
for anyone who truly cares about animals. Bindi’s talk-show appearances are just a flimsy last-ditch effort by an abusement park hoping to make a buck.”