SeaWorld of Pain

  • Aired:  02/15/12
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Wyatt Cenac speaks to Lisa Lange about PETA's SeaWorld whale slavery lawsuit, and finds out why civil rights activist Elaine Brown won't get on the freedom train. (5:57)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK!

AS YOU KNOW, FEBRUARY IS BLACK

HISTORY MONTH.

BUT SOME GROUPS... REALLY?

WHOO?

ALL RIGHT.

SOME GROUPS DON'T GET THEIR OWN

MONTHS AND ACCORDING TO WYATT

CENAC, THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE.

HE FILED THIS REPORT.

>> PITA.

MANY DISMISS THE ANIMAL RIGHTS

GROUP BECAUSE OF ITS PUBLICITY

STUNTS AND GRATUITOUS USE OF

NUDITY.

BUT WITH THEIR LATEST TACTIC

THEY CAN FINALLY BE TAKEN

SERIOUSLY.

>> PETA IS SUING THE WORLD ON

BEHALF OF FIVE ORCAS.

>> THE LAWSUIT CLAIMS THAT THE

ORCAS AT THE PARK ARE SLAVES AND

SHOULD BE FREED UNDER THE

13th AMENDMENT OF THE

CONSTITUTION.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

FIVE OF SEAWORLD'S ORCAS ARE

SLAVES WHO NEED TO BE LIBERATED

JUST AS AFRICAN SLAVES WERE IN

1865 BY THE 13th AMENDMENT.

>> THIS IS A GROUND-BREAKING

LAWSUIT.

THE CONSTITUTION HAS NEVER BEEN

APPLIED TO NONHUMAN ANIMALS.

WHAT WE WANT TO SEE FOR THESE

ORCAS IS WE WANT TO SEE THEM

RELEASED TO THEIR FREEDOM.

>> IT KIND OF REMAINS ME OF THE

OLD ORCA SPIRITUAL.

(SINGING LIKE A WHALE)

>> YEAH.

WELL, I GUESS... (SINGING LIKE A

WHALE)

(LAUGHTER)

>> TO COMPARE THEIR CONDITIONS

TO THIS INCREDIBLE HORROR OF

SLAVERY IN AMERICA IS BEYOND

INSULTING.

IT'S A CRUEL AND RACIST JOKE.

>> ELAINE BROWN SPENT THE '60s

FIGHTING FOR CIVIL RIGHTS.

THE LEADER OF THE BLACK PANTHER

PARTY.

YET SHE OF ALL PEOPLE REFUSES TO

GET ON BOARD THE WHALE FREEDOM

TRAIN.

>> IF THERE IS ANIMAL CRUELTY,

WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT CHECKING

ANIMAL CRUELTY.

BUT ANIMAL CRUELTY DOES NOT RISE

TO SLAVERY.

PART OF THE SLAVE CONDITION WAS

THAT BLACKS WERE NOT REALLY

HUMAN BEINGS.

>> YEAH.

JUST LIKE WHALES.

(LAUGHTER)

>> LET'S NOT GET IT TWISTED.

>> BUT IMAGINE HAVING TO DO WHAT

SLAVES DID BUT DOING IT

UNDERWATER.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WELL, I'M GOING TO LET YOU

SLIDE ON THAT ONE.

THAT'S PRETTY... THAT'S PRETTY

INSULTING.

>> ALL RIGHT.

BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT

EVEN ELAINE COULDN'T DENY.

WE NEED TO BE MORE COMPASSIONATE

TOWARD ANIMALS.

>> EXACTLY.

>> I MEAN, IT'S NOT LIKE YOU'RE

JUST EXPLOITING THE HISTORY OF

THE ENSLAVEMENT OF BLACK PEOPLE

IN THIS COUNTRY FOR PUBLICITY,

RIGHT?

(LAUGHTER)

>> YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO BE WISE

WITH OUR DECISIONS AND WHAT

LAWSUITS TO FILE AND THIS IS A

SMART ONE AND WE'RE VERY

HOPEFUL.

WE NEED TO USE EVERY MEANS

AVAILABLE TO US TO BE ABLE TO

REPRESENT THEM.

>> SO YOU'RE THE FREEDOM RIDERS

OF THE WHALE LIBERATION

MOVEMENT?

>> I THINK THAT WE CAN CONSIDER

PETA THE FREEDOM RIDERS OF THE

WHALE LIBERATION MOVEMENT.

>> THIS WOMAN IS BLIND TO THE

ISSUES OF BLACK PEOPLE.

>> SHE IS OUT THERE EVERYDAY ON

THE FRONT LINES PUTTING UP ADS

OF NAKED WHITE WOMEN ON

BILLBOARDS.

>> SHE PHYSICALLY PUTTING THEM

UP AND THEREFORE HER LIFE IS IN

JEOPARDY BECAUSE SHE'S ON A

LADDER IN A BILLBOARD?

>> OH, GOD, NO.

SHE'S PROBABLY HIRING SOMEBODY

ELSE TO DO THAT.

>> SO I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT

HOW HER LIFE IS IN JEOPARDY.

>> HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO DEAL

WITH PAM ANDERSON'S MANAGER?

(LAUGHTER)

THAT PERSON IS CRAZY!

>> YEAH, I FEEL HER PAIN.

>> ELAINE JUST COULDN'T

RECOGNIZE ONE OF THE MOST

BRILLIANT LEGAL STRATEGIES OF

MODERN TIMES.

>> BECAUSE THE 13th

AMENDMENT DOESN'T USE THE WORD

"PERSON" OR "PEOPLE" IN ITS

LANGUAGE WE'RE HOPING THAT A

COURT WILL SEE THAT IT CAN APPLY

TO ANIMALS.

>> SHE WAS RIGHT.

IF THE CONSTITUTION WAS WRITTEN

FOR PEOPLE AND NOT FOR WHALES,

IT WOULD STAY THAT SOMEWHERE.

BUT PETA KNOW THIS IS ISN'T JUST

ABOUT THE ORCAS.

>> YOU CAN'T HELP BUT THINK

BEYOND THIS CASE.

I THINK THIS CASE COULD BE

GROUND BREAKING FOR ALL ANIMALS

AND WE'LL HOPEFULLY OPEN SOME

DOORS FOR A LOOK AT FUTURE

LAWSUITS.

>> YES.

THIS WAS ABOUT ALL THE ANIMALS,

JUST LIKE IT SAID ON PETA'S WEB

SITE.

THE BIRD IN ITS CAGE, THE PIG IN

ITS PEN, THE DOG IN ITS... WAIT,

WHAT THE (BLEEP)?

CAN YOU TELL ME WHO THIS IS?

>> THAT'S... WELL, THAT'S ME AND

THAT'S MY DOG.

>> YOUR DOG?

>> SOPHIE.

>> SOPHIE.

IS THAT HER REAL NAME OR HER

SLAVE NAME?

(LAUGHTER)

>> THAT IS THE NAME THAT I GAVE

HER.

>> YOU'RE HER MASTER.

>> I'M HER COMPANION.

>> WHY SHOULD YOU BE ALLOWED TO

HAVE A PET?

>> SOPHIE IS A DOMESTIC ANIMAL

AND NEEDS TO BE IN A HOME.

>> SHE STAYS IN A HOUSE.

THAT'S NOT WHERE DOGS GO.

>> DOMESTIC ANIMALS DO...

>> DO YOU EVER PUT HER ON A

LEASH?

>> FOR HER SAFETY I PUT MY DOG

ON A LEASH...

>> THE LEASH IS FOR HER SAFE

ANY.

>> FOR DOMESTIC DOGS AND CATS

AND DEPENDING ON THE INDIVIDUAL

THEIR NEEDS ARE VERY DIFFERENT.

>> SO ORCAS ARE LIKE FIELD

NIGGERS AND DOGS AND CATS ARE

THE HOUSE NIGGERS?

(LAUGHTER)

MAYBE LISA COULD LOOK THE OTHER

WAY WHEN IT CAME TO HER DOG.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE COUNTLESS

EXPLOITED CREATURES FEATURED IN

PETA'S CALENDARS AND POSTERS?

SOMEONE HAD TO ACT ON BEHALF OF

THE ANIMALS SO I CALLED MY

LAWYER.

>> I'M HEREBY SERVING WITH YOU A

COMPLAINT.

IT ALLEGES THAT PETA USES THE

IMAGES OF SOME ANIMALS WITHOUT

HAVING FIRST OBTAINED THEIR

CONSENT AND WITHOUT ANY PAY OF

ANY KIND.

>> YOU'RE BASICALLY BEING SERVED

ON BEHALF OF ALL THE ANIMALS FOR

ROYALTIES AND BACK PAY OF $50

MILLION.

WHICH EVEN SHE ACKNOWLEDGES IS A

SMALL PRICE TO PAY.

>> WELL, YEAH.

WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS YOU'RE

ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO THINK

BEYOND THIS LAWSUIT.

IT'S A GOOD THING.

>> AND IT TURNS OUT PETA WILL

HAVE TO LOOK WELL BEYOND THEIR

LAWSUIT SINCE A CALIFORNIA

DISTRICT JUDGE THREW OUT THE

CASE.

WHILE THEY VOW TO CONTINUE THEIR

FIGHT, I'LL CONTINUE MY FIGHT

FOR THE ANIMALS USING EVERYTHING

I'VE LEARNED.

(APPLAUSE).

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Jon: WYATT

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