The Internet Erupts With Outrage Over Bindi Irwin’s Partnership With SeaWorld

The 15-year-old daughter of ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin has caused an online storm, announcing a planned partnership with SeaWorld.

1. On Thursday morning, Bindi Irwin and her family appeared on Good Morning America, announcing a planned partnership with SeaWorld.

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2. Bindi was happy to explain her decision: “I’m so excited to be carrying on in Dad’s footsteps and making sure that everything he worked so hard for continues for the generations to come.”

Australia Zoo / Via Twitter: @BindiIrwin
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3. The move from the Irwin family has been met with hostility across the internet, with the recent anti-SeaWorld documentary Blackfish still fresh in the public’s mind.

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@BindiIrwin U know @SeaShepherd named a vessel after Steve Irwin to combat orgs like @SeaWorld! Pls reconsider. @QuadFins4Fun @TheMiddleWay

— Suze-Loves-SSCS (@SSCSLover)
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7. Animal Rights Organisation PETA were quick to release a statement:

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8. Irwin’s partnership is based around a new initiative called Generation Nature, “which is all about encouraging kids to get involved and become game changers for wildlife and wild places.”

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9. The online community were not as encouraged…

. @BindiIrwin: self proclaimed "Wildlife Warrior" who just turned all real wildlife warriors against her with one $eaWorld contract. Sad.

— Leilani Munter (@LeilaniMunter)
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Bindi Irwin teaming up with Seaworld? Wow your dad is rolling over in his grave #freetilikum @JStewwww

— Liz Carbone (@lizspeaking)
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11. While there is sure to be further backlash, some have chosen to take the lighter side of Irwin’s recent time in the spotlight.

I still cannot believe bindi irwin is a 9/11 truther

— Dan Nolan (@dannolan)
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Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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