Rocker Joan Jett has fired off a cease and desist letter to the president and CEO of SeaWorld in Florida after learning her I Love Rock 'N' Roll anthem is part of the theme park's Shamu Rocks show. The animal lover was appalled to discover her music was opening the display without her permission - and she wants it removed immediately.
In the note, Jett reveals she's no longer a SeaWorld fan after watching the documentary Blackfish, which details the conditions the park's killer whales are forced to live in once tourists go home and the gates are locked.
She writes, "I was surprised and upset to see on YouTube that SeaWorld used I Love Rock 'n' Roll as the opening music for its cruel and abusive 'Shamu Rocks' show. I'm among the millions who saw Blackfish and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals.
"These intelligent and feeling creatures communicate by sonar and are driven crazy in the tiny tanks in which they are confined. If I don't receive written confirmation that SeaWorld will cease and desist from using any Joan Jett & the Blackhearts music, I will be forced to take further action, and you'll find me among the PETA protesters outside your parks."
She's not the first rocker to prohibit SeaWorld bosses from using their music - Tommy Lee insisted park staff could no longer use Motley Crue tunes last year (12).
Jett's cease and desist missive to Jim Atchison is the latest celebrity black eye the theme park has suffered in recent weeks as stars cancel shows after viewing Blackfish.
Willie Nelson and Heart are among the acts who have scrapped shows at SeaWorld in Orlando.
South Dakota officials have spoken out against plans for Joan Jett to perform on their state's float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City due to her views on animal rights. The rocker and her band the Blackhearts have been selected to appear on the float promoting South Dakota and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial during the beloved annual event later this month (Nov13).
However, her longtime vegetarianism and outspoken support of animal-rights charities has rankled some residents in the state, where cattle farming is a key local industry.
Senator Larry Rhoden says, "Her agenda through PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) does not represent South Dakota. The organisation is obviously very anti-ag (agriculture). They are very misinformed on the ag industry and the animal ag industry."
Jodie Anderson from the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association adds, "South Dakota Cattlemen's Association is very concerned that the South Dakota float would be featuring a prominent vegetarian on the Thanksgiving Parade float. We hope that future floats would support not only the tourism industry but also agriculture."
However, Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen, who picked Jett to perform, is standing by his decision, saying, "For us, it's not about the talent on the float. It's about having Mount Rushmore featured before three million live viewers... more than 100 million people around the world who are seeing that float.
"She holds views that I don't, but there are a lot of people who love her as an artist. It puts the focus on Mount Rushmore and South Dakota."
Previous artists chosen to perform on the Mount Rushmore float include Don McLean and Neil Diamond.
Gavin Degraw, Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy, Cher Lloyd and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be among the stars performing on floats at this year's (13) Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York later this month (Nov13).
Rocker Joan Jett has launched legal action against the owners of a popular lingerie brand amid allegations of trademark infringement. The singer claims Hot Topic bosses have ripped off her Blackheart Records name rights by calling their sexy new underwear collection Blackheart and advertising it as "lingerie for girls who rock and roll".
The I Love Rock 'n' Roll hitmaker, who also fronted Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, is demanding unspecified damages and an injunction to ban further sales of the namesake undergarments, according to TMZ.com.
Comedian Jimmy Fallon turned wedding singer at Drew Barrymore's nuptials earlier this month (Jun12) when he stepped up onstage with covers band The Spazmatics for a couple of rock classics.
The TV host and actor, whose wife Nancy Juvonen is The Wedding Singer star Barrymore's production partner, performed Rick Springfield's Jessie's Girl and I Love Rock 'n' Roll by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts at the star-studded wedding party.
But Fallon admits his wife, who was a bridesmaid, stole the show with a moving speech about her actress pal.
He tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "She gave a really sweet toast. She's known Drew for so long now and she's family... My wife's a mush, so anytime you bring up love or weddings she'll tear up a little bit."