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GoDaddy CEO Shoots Elephant, Injures Brand

GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons may have achieved a new social media equivalent of jumping the shark. Call it “shooting the elephant.”

A video of Parsons shooting an elephant in Zimbabwe is making the rounds Thursday, causing the domain registry company to become a Google Hot Topic and the subject of criticism. Leading the charge is PETA, the animal rights group, which has on his blog.

The video shows the damage elephants caused by trampling a farmer’s sorghum field. Parsons and his fellow hunters then waited at night for the elephants to return and Parsons shoots and kills one of the elephants. Dozens of villagers then come to pick off the elephant’s meat.

Anticipating a backlash, GoDaddy competitor has already swooped in. The company is running a transfer from GoDaddy to for .com, .net and .org domains for $4.99 with 20% of the proceeds going to For its part, GoDaddy has yet to address the issue on its company blog. Reps from the company could not be reached for comment.


This isn’t the first time GoDaddy has courted controversy. The brand is known for its envelope-pushing Super Bowl ads that feature “GoDaddy Girls” bouncing out of their shirts. One such spot, featuring a retired football player named Lola who becomes a lingerie designer, was punted from the 2010 Super Bowl.


Source BY : Mashable

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