EXCLUSIVE: Lily Tomlin Reprises 'Ernestine' Role for PETA's New Ad Blasting SeaWorld
Ernestine is back on the phone, this time fielding complaint calls about SeaWorld
Ernestine is back!
PEOPLE has the exclusive First Look at the new PETA spot, which will start running in May, when SeaWorld‘s tourist season begins. In the clip, scripted by Modern Family writer Alex Herschlag, Ernestine has swapped her phone bank for a more modern headset, but she still remains as gratingly pleasant as ever while fielding complaint calls at SeaWorld HQ.
The phone operator answers concerns about small tanks and whale mistreatment with cheerfully ignorant responses from a business perspective:
“Yes, the orcas lose teeth gnawing on the concrete walls,” says Ernestine in the spot. “But if you were a trainer, wouldn’t you prefer to swim with a toothless killer whale?”
Tomlin, who was a double nominee at this year’s Golden Globes, returns for the second season of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie on May 6.