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Gretchen Wilson Joins SeaWorld Lineup

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Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride and Trace Adkins are just a few of the artists who have canceled appearances at Orlando’s SeaWorld theme park, for their annual Bands, Brew & BBQ series, in light of allegations of mistreatment of the animals.

But while several singers have taken a stand against the park, after the release of the CNN documentary, ‘Blackfish,’ some country stars aren’t bothered by the controversy, including Gretchen Wilson. The ‘Redneck Woman’ singer will perform at the Orlando park this Saturday (Feb. 8).

Wilson isn’t the only country artist who is supporting the park. Alan Jackson and Kid Rock have already played at SeaWorld this month, with both Scotty McCreery and Justin Moore still scheduled to perform. Comedian Bill Engvall will also appear on Sunday (Feb. 9).

The documentary, which highlights the dangers of keeping whales in captivity, stirred up plenty of controversy after its release, but the theme park continues to deny the allegations.

“We’re disappointed a small group of misinformed individuals was able to deny fans what would have been great concerts at SeaWorld,” spokesman Nick Gollattscheck says.

“The bands and artists have a standing invitation to visit any of our parks to see firsthand or to speak to any of our animal experts to learn for themselves how we care for animals and how little truth there is to the allegations made by animal extremist groups opposed to the zoological display of marine mammals.”

After so many artists began to cancel their appearances, SeaWorld removed the lineup of bands from their website. But according to his website, McCreery is scheduled to perform on March 1. Moore is also rumored to appear, but no date is listed on his tour schedule.

Next: Should Country Stars Cancel Their Shows at SeaWorld?

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