It started off as one comment, and ended (if, indeed it has) as an all-out bun fight, with people being threatened with legal action and even jail!
Sounds fantastical? Well, read on and please leave a polite comment when you’re done.
Unsurprisingly, it garnered some responses. Many people are actively trying to prevent the SW float from appearing in the Macy parade, and would have expected an ex-trainer to be against the whole idea.
That should have been the end of it. Anti captivity advocates are real people and, just like all the other real people, sometimes their opinions differ. That shouldn’t mean that a tirade of abuse and threats should follow. Unfortunately, *somebody* saw this as an opportunity to weigh in and cause friction.
This has nothing to do with a float in the Macy’s parade. It’s an “in-Tumblr” joke, if you don’t have a tumblr account, you probably won’t “get”it. It’s an innocent remark totally unconnected to anything to do with John Hargrove. Yet in he plunges…
What can he mean??
Oh, this makes it a bit clearer. He wants “conflict”…
He’s looking for a fight and has decided to pick on a female almost half his age. Yet he’s calling her a bully. He also swats away the peace-maker…NOT a promising start, but although the coffin maker may have the hammer in his hand, the lid is not nailed down. Yet.
So, the story goes that a child with alleged suicidal tendencies (I use the word alleged as I have seen no record of it, so I am not about to stick my neck on the line over this) and, therefore, some quite serious mental health issues was “bullied” by a friend and fellow anti-captivity advocate. Is this true? Well I cannot say, what I will say is that my friend has openly admitted to being a “dick” over certain things she wrote and when she was pulled up on it, she stopped. So, if she DID bully someone she isn’t anymore. I also know that the “bullying” episode was WEEKS ago, not recent as Hargrove would want you to think. I know the situation might not have been resolved as some would wish, but that is their problem to solve, not mine.
Anyway…..while he is swatting away the peace-keeper, who has done NOTHING wrong, with one hand, he is attacking her and her studies with wild orca with the other…
Oh, wild orca…..I have seen the peace-keeper’s work and I highly recommend it. Especially if you like your orca wild, free and completely devoid of lycra-clad cling-ons.
Now, for the second time, this could have been a natural end to the “conflict” (please remember who used that word first), but astonishingly it continues…
The person behind the pink is the “suicidal teen”. Just so you know. Now, remember this post…..you will see it later.
The hate is coming from all directions now aimed at everyone who is isn’t a fan of SeaWorld as they have never touched an orca and felt that “special” bond that only a trainer can feel….
These may not be in chronological order….when hate spews this much it’s hard to keep track. This is a tirade against the straight-talker:
Whoa….he’s just called ALL SeaWorld fans who visit on a regular basis to see their favourite orca (remember them John? They are the people who paid your wages) “abnormal” and “unstable”. Yep, that’s the way to make friends and influence people.
Oh, wait….he’s in mid-rant….
(he means Daniel Dukes, the guy who was found dead in Tilikum’s tank)
So there you have it….it’s all about the fame, the thoughts and feelings of fellow activists are “radical” and he cares not one bit about them. Nope. It’s all about the interviews and national media. You could almost “Believe” that Blackfish was HIS life story…
The final nail in the coffin is this little peach….trying to pass off a nasty swipe that he made by saying it was made by “suicidal teen”.
No, it was said by an adult who clearly condones violence and then LIES about it.
What a nasty person. This level of abuse and hate rumbled on for hours as systematically anyone who isn’t an acolyte was attacked and ridiculed and threatened by Hargrove and others.
The level of hate is such that I and the straight-talker have been threatened by someone who played virtually no part in the events mentioned above….seems some ex-trainers just can’t leave the spotlight alone.
Still waiting for my apology, by the way. Don’t see it coming anytime soon.
For anybody still clinging to the “oh, but this is harassment” band-wagon, rest assured, it isn’t. Unless laying out the facts is now classed as harassment.