Joan Jett To SeaWorld: Cease and Desist on “I Love Rock N Roll”

Vegetarian bad girl rocker Joan Jett has served SeaWorld with a cease and desist order over what she claims is the unauthorized use of her signature hit, “I Love Rock N Roll”, the song which kickstarted her solo career after the Runaways broke up. Gothamist reports that PETA member Jett, in an open letter to SeaWorld president Jim Atchison, wrote:

I was surprised and upset to see on YouTube that SeaWorld used ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll’ as the opening music for its cruel and abusive ‘Shamu Rocks’ show. I’m among the millions who saw Blackfish and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals. These intelligent and feeling creatures communicate by sonar and are driven crazy in the tiny tanks in which they are confined. If I don’t receive written confirmation that SeaWorld will cease and desist from using any Joan Jett & the Blackhearts music, I will be forced to take further action, and you’ll find me among the PETA protesters outside your parks. SeaWorld’s reliance on cruelty and captivity for commerce has been widely exposed. I hope you’ll take the respectable path and release the captive orcas to coastal sanctuaries so that they can live out their lives with other orcas in nature. This move would show that your company is truly family-friendly. This message is not a complete statement of my rights and remedies, all of which are expressly reserved.

It’s Blackfish backlash. The film, which documents what former trainers call abusive treatment of orcas, has raised awareness of SeaWorld and other marine parks’ practices. Gothamist reports that since the film’s release, Heart, Willie Nelson, and Barenaked Ladies all canceled their upcoming shows at Sea World’s Orlando park. Last year Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee already prohibited SeaWorld from using the band’s songs in the “Shamu Rocks” show.

Here’s Jett playing two more of her hits live this year at the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Don’t expect to see her ever at San Diego’s SeaWorld–unless it’s outside protesting.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.