According to management, the decision to cancel author John Hargrove's April 1 appearance at Warwick's Bookstore wasn't easy, though they felt it was necessary.
Hargrove, a former SeaWorld trainer, was scheduled to appear at the bookstore to promote his book that criticizes SeaWorld. A day before his appearance, SeaWorld released a five-year-old video of Hargrove using racial slurs while under the influence of alcohol.
The cancellation didn't sit well with some local anti-SeaWorld activists, who showed up at the bookstore to protest the decision.
The six or so protesters criticized the bookstore for giving in to what they say is a SeaWorld smear campaign.
However, Julie Slavinsky says the protesters are misguided in thinking the store is pro-SeaWorld.
Warwick's hasn't pulled Hargrove's book from its store and insists that the conversation about SeaWorld's practices is legitimate.