When I saw Blackfish, it totally crushed me. I sat in complete shock and disgust watching the film while tears rolled down my cheeks. It is a story which Sea World has shockingly kept locked away from the public, feeding lies to those who come to the park. I felt immense guilt watching the film knowing that I had once gone to Sea World at age 7. The whales' plight has captivated people and celebrities alike enough to stand in unity together against the attraction, causing them to speak out for the whales. Everyone from musicians like Tommy Lee to film stars like Matt Damon and even comedian Russell Brand have spoken out against the shocking attraction.
One person who has taken matters into his own hands is the awesome Jackass prankster Steve-O. His pranks may seem wild but his message is clear: "Sea World Sucks." You won't believe what he has done now in his quest to speak out against Sea World!
When Steve-O protests, the world knows about it. It all began with this Facebook post warning that a stunt was taking shape.
Just as he promised, he kept his fans alerted to his antics as they developed
The stunt took place in Hollywood, Los Angeles!
As Steve-O reached the peak of his protest, he did not look so sure
But he reassured his fans he was still very much alive
The video shows Steve-O hilariously counting the cops below and introducing Shammy the whale getting air blown into it. Steve-O's conversations with himself are so funny. "Cops are gonna have to wait for kind of a while I think. I've got a few things to do."
The authorities were not the slightest bit entertained by his stunt
At 8 pm the firetrucks started rolling towards the scene as there were reports circulating that a suicide attempt was taking place. The LAFD even deployed an ''air rescue cushion'' at the base of the crane. They should have known that Steve-O was a professional stunt man, this guy has waves of experience!
While all this was taking place, Steve-O was keeping in touch with his fans
Steve-O then started a mini party in the air, bouncing fire works from the crane in Hollywood. There were around 80 firefighters at the scene; on top of that there were 30 police officers.
The police, however, were not so amused. LAPD Lt. Michael Lin told the LA Times:
"We have other people we need to attend to. It’s a mess."
The dare devil was balancing above Los Angeles in style, wearing his trusty Blackfish T-Shirt to support his stunt
The final video posted by Steve-O asks his fans to bail him out of jail while he shows all the authorities below, of course laughing at the entire situation.
Steve-O may have had a whale of a time with his stunt, but the authorities were frustrated with his antics and arrested him! It is not the first time Steve-O has gotten in trouble with the police and I am sure he will be just fine!
Steve-O's latest stunt follows on from his Sea World Freeway protest from last year
Steve-O is a man on a mission to let the world know that 'Sea World Sucks.' In this super funny video it's Steve-O versus the freeway sign.
At first, his idea fails hard
But eventually, like a true champion, Steve-O makes it to the top and the genius idea comes together
He does have a point though! Blackfish heartbreakingly reveals the consequences for both wales and humans when these mammals are kept in captivity. It also exposes how Sea World abuses the whales, tearing them away from their children in the wild.The whales are kept in tanks where they are shockingly forced to swim unnaturally shorter amounts than they usually would out in the wild.
I hope that Steve-O's arrest will not hinder him in continuing to speak out for the orcas. The stunt really brings all eyes onto Sea World once again, and he really looks like he had fun making the stunt happen too, so I think he will bounce back in no time! Steve-O will now have a whale of a tale to tell his friends while navigating his way out of the trouble he has recently found himself in, all in the name of his fishy friends.
*Latest news: Steve-O was released from jail at 10.50 am on $5,000 bail. He is set to appear in court August 31*