Barenaked Ladies' SeaWorld gig is off after viewing 'Blackfish'

Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan and Tyler Stewart of Barenaked Ladies pose on the red carpet at the 2011 Juno Awards at the Air Canada Centre in 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

Story highlights

  • The band says it doesn't feel "comfortable proceeding with the gig"
  • "Blackfish" tells the story of SeaWorld trainer killed in 2010 by an orca named Tilikum
  • "I'm hoping to grab the band's attention on this issue," fan Mike Garrett says in petition
Barenaked Ladies have nixed their plans to play at SeaWorld after viewing CNN's "Blackfish" documentary.
"This is a complicated issue, and we don't claim to understand all of it, but we don't feel comfortable proceeding with the gig at this time," the band said on a Facebook post late Wednesday night.
"The Seaworld folks have been gracious, and extended us invitations to the park to learn more about what they do, and how they do it."
A park spokesman told CNN that the show has been taken off the theme park's concert schedule.
The decision to cancel the Canadian rock band's performance came two days after drummer Tyler Stewart posted a tweet saying the group is "looking at options" after viewing the documentary.
The documentary -- which aired on CNN last month -- tells the story of the SeaWorld trainer who was killed in 2010 by an orca named Tilikum.
Fans launched an online petition last week asking the group to cancel after the Barenaked Ladies announced it would perform at SeaWorld's Orlando park on February 15, 2014, during its "Bands, Brew & BBQ" events.
Mike Garrett of St. Catharines, Canada, posted the petition on Change.org asking band members to watch "Blackfish" and "learn how SeaWorld and other captive display facilities such as Marineland