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GoDaddy.com Elephant Incident

An event where the CEO of GoDaddy posted a video of an elephant killing in March, 2011.

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There goes his business...

  • Apr 2, 2011
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I must qualify certain things about myself before I begin this review. Firstly, I've nothing against the animals. Secondly, I like my food better than the animals. That translates to the moral issue about what to eat and what not to, ultimately. 

While we view elephant as an animal which is merely minding its own business, we see alligators as "bad". Similarly, there are many of us who hates snakes! Do you allow yourself to eat something that's aggressive and pose a danger to humans while not those that are docile or harmless? I don't really know what others deemed as edible or not but there are people out there eating all kinds of animals, me inclusive.

Now, why is the GoDaddy.com Elephant Incident creating an uproar? I read his reasons for killing. I also read his pride in killing (if I read that correctly). And I was caught off guard a little by my own response to this news story. Literally, without me realizing it, I found myself disliking the guy. Bob Parsons, I mean. And I found myself making a note not to buy my domains on Godaddy.com in future! Can you believe that?! It's pretty instinctive. I don't like a person for killing elephant and then brag about it!!! I'm not even saying what he did is legally wrong. Perhaps, in many's eyes, it is morally wrong. Then the argument would be, is it wrong to hunt other animals, not just alligators which I don't like and also animals like elks, deers, etc... which many do in fact hunt in the U.S.. Clearly, what he did is repulsive, no matter what the reasons for doing so. Whether the guy will lose clients and customers because of his action is not as important as whether such actions are allowed and lawful in other parts of the world.

In Thailand, elephants are viewed as holy. The Thai elephant is actually the symbol of the nation.There's even a Thai Elephant Orchestra in Northern Thailand. There is also the elephant that paints!

So, all in all, elephants are seen as animals that don't pose a danger to human. Killing something like that is a little cold-blooded, perhaps?

What I do believe is that a person as public as Bob Parsons ought to know about how public would react to his actions.

The CEO of a company, especially one that deals with millions of customers need to be aware of the public's responses to his personal lifestyle and behaviors. That will literally affect how his business will perform in the future! It's a matter of economic sense and not his moral responsibility. Ultimately, no one can fault him for what he does in his leisure time. However, people can choose to stop to buy from him. And that, my friend, is something every and any CEO has to monitor and be responsive to! This is absolutely BAD publicity!!!

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April 05, 2011
Yeah, I'm not a fan of elephant killing...
April 04, 2011
Since GoDaddy long ago exchanged customer service for pictures of Danica Patrick, in some respects I'm not surprised. If you're in the Internet business in any way whatsoever, you probably don't use them. This latest video shows the disconnect from the C-level people to their customers.
April 05, 2011
As per your recommendation, I had been buying the last few domains from Name.com and will transfer those from Daddy.com as soon as they are near their expiry terms!!! This guy is certainly not too bright and I don't deal with stupid people, LOL
April 04, 2011
I'm at a loss. I've heard nothing about this controversy. Is GoDaddy.com's only association to this that the guy bought a domain name from them?
April 05, 2011
He's the owner of GoDaddy.com.
April 05, 2011
Oh, ok. Well, I still haven't found much about this controversy, even after looking online. I did find a few pieces that I read that pretty much reflected one another. Again, this just seems like another example of someone exercising really bad judgment. I don't know how much it'll effect GoDaddy.com; it may take some time to tell. I do get pretty peeved when corporate types think they rule the world or that they have to be the "be all, end all" of good opinions. That's why I cancelled my Netflix subscription; you insult me, Mr. CEO, and I'll happily take my business elsewhere.
April 05, 2011
We are all emotional beings :-) It's subjective to individuals but hey, when it comes to money, we all have a choice how and where we spend it, don't we? As I said, it's bad publicity on his part. I can only speak for myself, his loss is someone else's gain. For now, I'm transferring some of my domains to name.com. My first domain purchase was from Register.com but that proves to be too expensive. Then I met a writer from Lonely Planet and he recommended GoDaddy.com, that's why I ended up there. Now @Jbeswick recommended name.com and I tried it some time ago. It's equally good so I had been buying from Name.com and will be transferring some expiring domains there :-)
April 05, 2011
The controversy is on Huffington Post.
April 05, 2011
Oh, no wonder. I don't go there.
April 04, 2011
When I step back from watching the video for the sec, I can kind of see why he did what he did and what good came out of it, but what I found repulsive was, like you, the video. That he made one, and the attitude that he had in it, that he was gloating and bragging about it. Plus the editing with the smiles, and the posing and disassembling of the corpse and the AC/DC song.... seriously?
April 05, 2011
He's rich enough to offer and transport food to those people, so the lack of food excuses is nonsense! And one doesn't have to kill the elephant to scare away the rest, simply need to use a tranquilizer to immobilize one and the rest would have left in no time!
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On March 8, 2011, while vacationing in Labola, Zimbabwe, GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons shot and killed an elephant that was scavenging through a local farmer's crops for food. Parsons made and edited a video of his kill, which he posted on his personal blog. The video showed "hungry" villagers, some of whom were wearing GoDaddy company hats, pillaging the elephant's carcass for its meat while the AC/DC song "Hells Bells" plays as a soundtrack.

In the video, Parson's states that, "Of everything that I do this is the most rewarding." Parsons stood by that sentiment, later stating:


"I kind of figured that this [backlash] might happen. So be it, I’m not ashamed of what I did. 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...The people there have very little, many die each year from starvation and one of the problems they have is the elephants, of which there are thousands and thousands, that trash many of their fields destroying the crops.[10]


The tribal authorities request that I and others like me, patrol the fields before and during the harvest — we can’t cover them all, there are just a few of us — and drive the elephant from the fields. ...
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