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Scotty McCreery Defends SeaWorld Gig: ‘There’s Two Sides to Every Story’

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(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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By Annie Reuter

After several artists have backed out of performing at SeaWorld due to the controversy of the documentary Blackfish, two country singers are defending their decision to remain headliners.

Scotty McCreery will perform at Orlando’s SeaWorld this Saturday (March 1). Of his decision to still play the gig, McCreery said he read up on the SeaWorld situation.

“You know, there’s two sides to every story,” he said. “I’ve done my research, and I feel like it’s a fine decision to go out there and play SeaWorld.”

He added: “That was my biggest thing about this whole thing, was just making sure I knew both sides of the story.”

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Meanwhile, Gretchen Wilson had similar thoughts regarding her show at SeaWorld, which took place Feb. 8. Before that show, she took to Twitter to let fans know the show would go on. “I did my research,” she wrote.

Alan Jackson and Kid Rock also chose to keep their February concert dates at SeaWorld.

The controversy around the SeaWorld performances picked up steam last year when a handful of artists, including country singers Martina McBride, Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood, pulled out of scheduled performances there in the wake of the release of the film Blackfish.

Related: Martina McBride Is Seventh Performer to Back Out of SeaWorld Gig

The documentary focuses on an orca named Tilikum that attacked and killed trainer Dawn Brancheau, along with two others in separate instances. The film suggests that it was Tilikum’s life in captivity that caused the whale’s aggression.

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