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Go Daddy CEO Under Fire for Strange Elephant-Killing Video
March 31, 2011 12:10 PM
Bet Bob Parsons wishes it was just a
buxom model with a broken tank top strap
The CEO of the web hosting company Go Daddy is being flooded with angry comments, boycotts, and threats of canceled memberships after posting a bizarre video featuring himself on an African hunt. In the video, Parsons stalks the Zimbabwean plains for a bull elephant that's been destroying the crops of the local villagers. He and his hunting party track the pachyderms in the dead of night and manage to bring down one of the herd. He poses with the carcass and the video ends with a swarm of villagers skinning the animal for meat.
With some locals wearing orange Go Daddy baseball caps.
Parsons defended the video to myFoxPhoenix this week.
"I kind of figured that this might happen. So be it, I'm not ashamed of what I did," he said. "All these people that are complaining that this shouldn't happen, that these people who are starving to death otherwise shouldn't eat these elephants, you probably see them driving through at McDonald's or cutting a steak. These people [Zimbabwe villagers] don't have that option."
Nevertheless, Go Daddy is getting a hefty dose of flak from animal lovers worldwide -- which naturally includes PETA.
got its hands
on a document PETA sent in response to the video. Along with presenting Parsons with its "first-ever Scummiest CEO of the Year Award," PETA mentions the effective and nonlethal methods of relocating the troublesome elephants. Parsons responded, "I understand PETA has an agenda, but I refuse to go along with their extortion-style practice."
Adding, "Will we donate to PETA in return for their business? Absolutely not."
Los Angeles Times'
also points out
proponents to the hunt who have commented on Parson's blog. One Texan wrote, "As long as it goes to good use as food then it's all good." Another cheered, "I'm sure local villagers appreciated the protein." And one Zimbabwean weighed in, "As a Zimbabwean who has worked in ... areas where the necessity to kill [rogue] animals takes place I appreciate your actions regardless of your motivations."
But that doesn't detract from those disgusted by the kill. In a move reminiscent of online backup service CrashPlan
offering a deal
after Mozy hiked up its subscription fees, Go Daddy competitor NameCheap is
cutting rates on domain transfers
with proceeds going to Save the Elephants. The company writes, "We've decided to throw our support behind our Elephant friends by offering domain transfers at a price where we actually lose money."
It's a tough call. It's certainly a brazen video of an endangered species, though hungry villagers are being fed. But whether you fall under the pro or con sign, you have to admit the video isn't quite the normal behavior for a CEO.
And that includes this lovable whackjob:
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