After Bindi Irwin, the daughter of late wildlife expert and TV personality Steve Irwin, went on ABC's "Good Morning America" to announce a new partnership with SeaWorld, the 15-year-old faced a barrage of backlash. Radar Online, quoting an anonymous source, claims that the Irwins stipulated that they would only do the interview under the condition that there was no mention of the CNN documentary "Blackfish," which exposed the consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity:
A source said: "Team Irwin told Good Morning America if they wanted to have the family on the show to make the announcement about Bindi teaming up SeaWorld, there had to be absolutely no questions about Blackfish. It was even taken a step further and producers were told questions about killer whales, orcas, were also prohibited. Bindi was given talking points from SeaWorld and the entire announcement was extremely well choreographed and planned. SeaWorld needed this announcement to come off with no diversions.
"Good Morning America" is a part of ABC News, an organization that follows standard journalism practices -- which is why it seems unusual that "Blackfish," and the controversy surrounding SeaWorld, was not brought up once during the interview.