Walter Mencken noon, May 30
Drummer Tommy Lee Sticks It To SeaWorld For Mistreating Whales
Drummer Tommy Lee is not feeling so good about SeaWorld these days. The former Motley Crue percussionist is shouting at SeaWorld president John Reilly to stop playing any Crue tracks for the Shamu Rocks show.
In his note to Reilly, Lee put to rest his wildside for a few moments to express concern for the whales and the effects that loud rock music has on their well-being.
"Although we like to torture the human fans who willingly come to our shows, we don't want to be a part of making innocent animals' lives hellish," wrote Lee in a letter posted on the People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals-- PETA's blog.
"I've learned from my friends at PETA that these marine animals are very sensitive to sound, as they communicate by sonar, and loud noises mess with their most basic instincts and drive them more nuts than they already are when trapped in your tanks."
According to the New York Post, execs at SeaWorld say the drummer has it all wrong. They deny ever using Motley Crue songs during the show and they reject claims that the music is too loud for the whales.
"PETA is wrong concerning the effect of music on SeaWorld’s killer whales," reads the response from SeaWorld's Fred Jacobs to the NY Post. "...[We] have never played a Mötley Crüe song in any Shamu show, nor will we. I can assure you the volume of music played during parts of our killer-whale shows poses no risk at all to our animals."
*-Regretfully, this correspondent could not help himself from incorporating every Motley Crue song possible in the piece. *
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- Responding to criticism, SeaWorld retools Shamu show into Killer Whale Bloodbath — Sept. 19, 2013
- Tommy Lee Takes A Ride On The Whale-Side in Another Letter To SeaWorld — Aug. 14, 2012
- Killer Whale Watch — March 2, 2010