black fishAnti Sea World film shown to “thousands” of middle school kids 

The anti Sea World movie called “Blackfish” is being taught in school rooms around California according to the LA Times. The movie’s director, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, has been “with thousands of kids, touring middle schools,” screening her movie and answering students’ questions. 

As the LA Times catches up with her, Coperthwaite is on a train ride down to Monroe Clark Middle School in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood. An assembly is planned for eighth graders, according to the school calendar pictured nearby. The title of Cowperthwaite’s presentation is, “Animals in Captivity.” 

The school introduces the movie director as an expert on "animals in captivity"
The school introduces the movie director as an expert on “animals in captivity”

The documentary has been criticized for factual inaccuracies and for its anti Sea World point of view. Sea World has issued an open letter correcting the errors and defending itself against the film’s assertions–including the death of a trainer. It’s unlikely Sea World’s point of view is presented in the assembly.

Furthermore, the director attempts to cloak herself in virtue by telling students the movie was done solely out of love, certainly not money. 

“Um,” the teenage girl [8th grader] began, “How much money did you make from making this movie?”

Cowperthwaite smiled tellingly, pausing before she answered.

“Wait,” the girl said, “are you saying you didn’t make any money?”

“Zero,” the filmmaker responded.


The fact that Sea World has issued a fact check listing all of the falsehoods in this documentary is apparently not a deterrent to school administrators hoping to ‘educate’ students. The show-it-first-ask-forgiveness-later pattern of screening leftist movies in public school classrooms continues as it did for the whopper telling “Inconvenient Truth” (complete with its CGI created calving icebergs passed off as real, and the fakery surrounding the single polar bear on a small ice chunk) and “Sicko” (an anti capitalist polemic showing how socialism is good for people), among others. These films, er “documentaries,” were passed off as true by hopeful, trusting, dumbed down and leftist educators.

Hollywood is falling in line after getting heat from the animal rights crowd. The list of  acts cancelling gigs at Sea World locations includes Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, Heart, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Barenaked Ladies, REO Speedwagon, Trace Adkins and 38 Special.

As the LA Times divulges about director Cowperthwaite“The movie has changed the way she looks at the world. She feels bad for keeping her two dogs in a small backyard, half of which is overtaken by a pool.” [emphasis mine]

I see the same school has a couple of trips planned to the San Diego Zoo. I wonder how those will go after the indoctrination by the expert on “animals in captivity.”