Steve-O’s Latest SeaWorld Stunt Proves He’s No Jackass

Last summer, Steve-O of “Jackass” fame changed a freeway sign in San Diego to read, “SeaWorld Sucks.”

This year, he did something a little more spectacular to protest the theme park’s mistreatment of whales.

Wearing a “Blackfish” T-shirt, Steve-O (his real name is Stephen Glover) climbed 100 feet up a construction crane in Hollywood the evening of Aug. 9. When he finally reached the top, he shot off a firework and raised an inflated orca with “SeaWorld Sucks” written on it.

The day before, Steve-O cryptically announced the stunt to his millions of fans on social media.

“This is Shammy,” he wrote on Facebook and Instagram, with a photo of him holding up the inflatable orca. “We’re going to do a big dangerous stunt in Los Angeles tomorrow that will probably get me in a lot of trouble…”

Unfortunately, witnesses who were unaware it was a stunt thought they were seeing a suicidal jumper climbing the crane, and called 911. Dozens of emergency responders arrived. Steve-O was right about getting himself into a lot of trouble. He was arrested and charged with trespassing, setting off fireworks without a permit and conspiracy to commit a crime. “Anyone wanna bail me out of jail?” he wrote regarding one of the two videos of his stunt posted on his Facebook page on August 9.

If the purpose of this over-the-top stunt was to garner publicity about SeaWorld’s mistreatment of Orcas, it was certainly successful. It was the lead story on most Los Angeles newscasts that night, and by the next day had made national headlines. The two videos Steve-O took had millions of views less than 12 hours after he posted them.

Steve-O was released from jail the next morning on $5,000 bail, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“I did it to put my foot down for Shamu,” he told reporters as he walked out.

Steve-O is no jackass when it comes to advocating for animal rights. He has participated in several campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In 2007, he posed nude for “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” public service announcements. Two years later, he urged school kids to “Cut Class, Not Frogs.” In 2011, he received the organization’s highest honor, the Nanci Alexander Award.

As outlandish as his most recent stunt was, it will hopefully help SeaWorld’s profits plummet even farther. Earlier this month, the company announced that its earnings declined a whopping 84 percent in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the same quarter last year.

SeaWorld put the blame on bad weather and, as the company referred to it, “continued brand challenges in California.” It did not specifically mention the 2013 documentary, “Blackfish,” which exposed the company’s mistreatment of orcas and employees. Nor did it mention the fact that a rabble-rousing SeaWorld employee had infiltrated PETA, as Time reported last month, and the employee is now on paid leave.

This year’s stunt won’t be easy for Steve-O to top. But if SeaWorld finally acknowledges it is failing because orcas don’t belong in a theme park, another stunt won’t be necessary.

Photo Credit: Butt-Chili via Wikimedia


Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Ricky T.
Ricky T3 years ago

Whilst I appreciate Steve O's efforts, and I genuinely believe he does care, I hope he looks back on his previous stunts involving animals and thinks he coulda done a whole lot better...

Julia Cabrera-Woscek

My admiration for Steve O. it took guts to go through the whole ordeal.

Manuela C.
Manuela C3 years ago

Good work, Steve O'!

Sherri S.
Sherri S3 years ago

LOL!!! Great job Steve O!

chris b.
chris B3 years ago

Power to the people!

Anneke Swanepoel

Is this guy for real? He is so handsome and then he also loves animals? Wow! What a fantastic combination! He deserves a medal for bravery.

Karen E.
Karen E3 years ago


Autumn Perrotta
Autumn Perrotta3 years ago

Thank you

Andria Mercurio
Andria Mercurio3 years ago

Help the animals, help the planet, help yourself. GO VEGAN!