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GoDaddy Elephant Killing Video Mysteriously, But Heavily Edited

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GoDaddy Elephant Killing Video Mysteriously, But Heavily Edited
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Since the controversy blew up around a video of GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons killing an elephant, the video has been edited heavily.

Should the video have been edited, removed, or left alone? Tell us what you think.

Parsons is still in the video, but gone are the series of stills of Parsons posing proudly with the elephant’s carcass (as pictured above). Also gone are various pieces of text and captions that appeared over the actual footage of the elephant being shot.

For example, the captions used to read, “Bob Parsons fires first,” then “Bob Parsons fires again. Both shots hit home. One bull is killed. The rest stampede out of the field unhurt.”

A caption that appears now, is, “The plan works. Only one bull is killed. The rest stampede out of the field unhurt.”

The video used to begin with the text, “Of everything I do this is the most rewarding. This video shows one typical night and day.”

That’s now gone.

Also gone is the incredibly bizarre use of the AC/DC song Hell’s Bells, which used to play over top of footage of the villagers slaughtering the elephant’s corpse.

Also gone are the close-ups of many of the villagers wearing GoDaddy hats.

This was all detailed when we initially covered the incident.

Parsons says he expected the backlash. He is quoted by a Fox channel in Phoenix as saying, “I kind of figured that this 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.”

If he’s not ashamed, it seems odd that the video has been mysteriously edited to this extent. If it is just a matter of PR, it also seems very odd that GoDaddy hasn’t issued a press release on the matter. As of the time of this writing, Parsons has not tweeted since April 1, at the height of the media and customer backlash.

Since the video hit the web and the backlash began, GoDaddy’s competitors have been capitalizing on it, offering deals to customers who switch to their services. NameCheap also used the opportunity to raise over $20,000 for Save the Elephants. Venovix launched a “NoDaddy” campaign with a similar goal, looking to raise money for the International Wildlife Foundation.

Another interesting nugget that surfaced over the past week: The Baltimore Sun referenced an interview they did with Parsons last year, in which he said he had majored in accounting by chance, simply picking the first thing in the booklet. He is quoted as saying, “Had I opened [the booklet] backwards and become a zoologist, I have no idea what I’d be doing.”

Has GoDaddy handled this scandal well? Share your thoughts.

GoDaddy Elephant Killing Video Mysteriously, But Heavily Edited
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  • Jason P

    Bravo for Bob! He did nothing wrong – it’s what we humans have been doing since the beginning of time – hunting and killing for food. Get over it people. Now back to the grill where I have some tasty critters.

  • Marcus

    These people against Parson are spoil brats sorry. There are more serious things to worry about in this world than an elephant that they kill there everyday over there and you know nothing about. Enough of this non-sense! Why don’t you people donate to feed the hungry or some third world country that has hundreds of thousands of kids dying everyday? If these Zimbabweans had internet and could read your messages, they will would just laugh at your silly posts. For them it’s like worrying about Snookie’s fat. You are spoiled brats. Your local Mcdonalds and Burger Kings should be taken away from you to see if you don’t kill elephants and endangered tigers at your local zoo. You have too much time on your hands! Leave that man alone please! Humans are dying over there of hunger! :-)

    • Can you say grammer?

      I am not sure why, but you come off as ignorant. I am sure you don’t realize just how unfortunate we are that you have the Internet.

      Why doesn’t Bob Parson donate some of his estimated 40 billion to Zimbabweans instead of killing elephants?

      • Che

        You are not sure why because you come off as illiterate. Can you say “grammar”? When ignorant like you run out of valid arguments, they usually start attacking other people’s grammar. Stop criticizing other people’s grammar and learn how to spell! People from all over the world participate here. How many languages do you know other than English? I bet none.

        Bob Parson rocks. He really should hire a team of mercenaries :-) and start killing more elephants there. Human lives are at stake.

  • Don

    Seriously, does anyone buy the he did it as a service to the people crap?

    B.S. He enjoys killing animals, the fact that it helped feeding people is just an added bonus.
    He posted the video ’cause he thinks any publicity is good publicity. He thinks it’s a win win situation. I enjoy killing an animal, I put GD shirts and caps on the villagers and take video of them, then I upload the video and get tons of exposure. How can I not do this?

    Hey Bob, maybe next time you really have the people fight over a piece of meat/food and throw in a few bucks to the winner.
    Or you could get a couple of homeless guys here in the U.S. Put a GD shirt and cap on each and them have fight while you take video. Winner gets lunch and $50 for his drug addiction.
    That’s sure to bring you a lot more publicity than killing that elephant.

  • Parsons has no scruples

    Bob Parsons has made TV commercials that were not permitted to be shown on commercial TV. In fact, GoDaddy has had many offensive Super Bowl commercials banned over the years, so illegal elephant poaching really should not be a surprise.

    Parsons is narcissistic, which is why he believes killing an elephant is noble.

    Narcissism is egotistical preoccupation with self, personal preferences, aspirations, needs, and success. Narcissists are vain.

    The question should be, why is it people do business with GoDaddy?

    • Roy

      Keep hating. You are envious of his success. It “stands out”.

      People do business with Godaddy because serious business people don’t mix emotion and business. All this “housewives coffee table/The View” rant is silly and frankly nobody cares about an elephant dying in Africa. People have more serious things to worry about in this world like paying their bills, finding money to pay the babysitter, find another job or stay alive and fed. The ones attacking Parson in my opinion are just a few weirdos with too much time on their hands and a steak on the BBQ. People whose personal lives are so messed up (and you know it, sit back and analyze your life) that they care more about animals than humans. Usually these people live alone with some type of pet. They grow weird, fearful of humans. Usually they don’t get out of their houses, likely depressed, and are very paranoid. If their pet dies, so do they.

      Can we please end this silly witch hunt against an honorable man, Bob Parson? He is saving lives! I’m moving all my domains to Godaddy right now. I care about humans.

  • Norman

    I had to laugh when I got a response from the supporting email I sent to Godaddy PR dept. They really don’t have a clue!

    My email is as follows:

    “Name: Norman I have seen the hate-filled garbage about Bob’s killing of a BULL, not nurturing female elephant.

    I guarantee that 99% of the people whining have never been to Africa or encountered an elephant in the wild.

    I have, several times. Both on foot and by Jeep.

    1. Bull elphants particularly are not some sweet Dumbo character, they are vicious and dangerous.

    I well remember being unable to approach a hotel pool as elephants had gone there for a drink and had too call the hotel staff to move them on.

    Also waking up to find a herd of elephants had left their “calling card” on our doorstep.

    2. Elephants are highly destructive, pulling up young trees and knocking over medium size ones. They are major destroyers of the environment.

    3. Of course they destroy the livelihood of subsistance farmers.

    Bob’s big mistake was not shooting the damn thing but expecting the ignorant and narrow minded public to agree with it.”

    THEIR RESPONSE (Obviously they did not bother to read my, or I assume others emails on any subject)

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    Thank you for contacting us online subject.

    Thank you for your feedback and suggestion. As we highly value your new ideas, I will forward your information to our developers for consideration. Please feel free to e-mail us at suggestions@godaddy.com any time with any further suggestions you have.

    Please let us know if we can help you in any other way.
    Sincerely,

  • http://stridedeck.ca/ Carol Wes

    Double shame on you Bob Parsons!! This was the last straw for me! I have had it with Godaddy and their sexist attitude towards women in general also. This elephant killing thing was the final nail in the coffin for me. I have bulk transferred over 200 domains and websites to Global Web Concepts using their bulk domain transfer system. Great company, great support professional services. I hope this in some way sends Bob Parsons the message that this kind of behavior is not tolerated and has it’s repercussions . Hopefully the rest of the world stops doing business with Godaddy as well!

    • http://www.futurismnow.com ST

      Great idea!

      I’ll be transferring too.

      • Thomas Michel

        I can’t understand why people are getting so upset about killing an elephant. It was a free ranging animal that was amongst other free ranging elephants. The animal was destroying the villagers crops. The man killed one and it fed many. He is a hunter and performed a service for the people. Would it have been better if it were beef, pork, chicken, or fish? I think this all boils down to brain washed anti hunting sentiments. To feel more for a free ranging elephant than penned cattle or pigs makes no sense. Bob Parsons can rest assure that the business that my family does with GoDaddy will continue as it has within this #1 company. By the way if Bob is reading these posts I would like a free GoDaddy hat in camo.

        • http://www.arcanasphere.com MrAndrewJ

          I’m with you, I think a lot of the initial reports were too selective and divisive in what facts they reported.

          If Parsons was in fact on a hunting vacation then it is unlikely that he had any reason to bring of the alternative elephant deterrents. As a for-instance, most people do not pack beehives in thier carry-on luggage. Carrying promotional materials is common and smart for a business owner. I even carry materials for my podcast in my laptop case. It may seem evil to the uninitiated, but it’s almost as fun as it is useful in practice.

          Likewise, I doubt any of the other alternatives would have been available by nightfall. It’s 3pm right now where I am. I couldn’t get FedEx to deliver a package to my home 20 miles away before nightfall tonight. How was Parsons supposed to rush deliver deterrents to the middle of a third-world village in just a few hours?

          He had hours to act. He acted effectively given the hours to do so and the tools on hand.

          And so I think the answer to your question is frightening in its simplicity: people wish to feel superior. The fastest and simplest path to the illusion of superiority is to first cite the other party as “evil,” then use that stigma to justify a storm of hatred and destruction. Not only is this simpler than competing and out-performing the other party, but it provides the public reassurance of the avenger’s superficial superiority.

          The dissenters who are acting productively to help the villagers and the elephants have my full respect. Please, disagree with me if that is how you disagree. You’re doing great work. I only mean to examine the people whose greatest contributions are hateful slurs.

  • http://www.goelly.com John – GoElly.com

    Why was the music removed? Guilty feet have got no rhythm, that’s why! As soon as this news came out, I moved two dozen domains away from GoDaddy and am actively promoting elephant and environmentally friendly domain registrars and web hosts. When people place orders through our links, we donate our proceeds to saving the life an orphaned baby elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

  • http://www.superhosting.us Jose

    It´s a pity to me, because Godaddy´s provides a good service. I have several domains registered with them. I will not use them any more, I´ll change to superhosting.us
    Bob, you´re a killer.

  • MEZZ

    Wouldn’t gunshots alone have scared away the elephants?
    How ‘bout a fence?
    And perhaps Mr. Parsons would consider donating a sustainable source of food to feed the villagers instead of killing an endangered species.

  • http://www.goopla.net/ Grey Olltwit

    It’s rather depressing to see the number of comments on here from those who support what Parsons did, meaning in the end, the video will have succeeded in having its original desired effect i.e. to publicise godaddy and make them more money.

    I’m no tree hugger but to compare the killing of an endangered animal to that of a cow for a quarter pounder is rather bizarre especially as we breed cows for meat and dairy products. If we bred elephants for food and there was plenty of them, the killing wouldn’t be a problem except to vegetarians, but we don’t and there are few elephants and they’re not far from extinction. When there are no elephants left…. well I guess that there are still a sizeable number of people who really don’t give a damn apparently.

    And as for dear Bob feeding the starving villagers, it wouldn’t have got this amount of publicity if he had actually given them food from godaddy rather than hats (or can they eat the hats). Interestingly enough, I seem to remember the video saying their wasn’t enough elephant meat to feed everyone in the village anyway. Parsons could probably have bought the whole village enough food for a week with what he has lost down the back of his sofa.

  • Damon

    Elephants have just as much right as we do to live a happy life on this planet. Elephants are mammals with feelings and thoughts and everything we do. I am digusted by the killing of an elephant and sad i am of the same species as this D___ Head. I think everyone who deal with this company condones it as your money goes to things like this.

  • http://webpronews Merryl Goldman

    This man is an idiot. Too bad the elephant didn’t stampede him. I hope he drops dead before he has a chance to go back and do it again.
    He is SO worried about the people of these villages…bull. There are plenty of ways to keep elephants from decimating crops. He just wanted to be a big stud and prove his manhood. We know he has a very little brain and now his lower parts are smaller.
    May he rot in HELL!

  • http://clickthisone.com Rick the webmaster

    If there was a large animal visiting YOUR supermarket every night and destroying YOUR childrens food, you’d do something about it, wouldn’t you?

    Look at all those hungry people tearing into the elephant meat! And they still have corn as a side dish too.

    Good going Mr. Parsons, I am switching all of my domains over to GoDaddy shortly.

    • Thomas Michel

      I’m sorry for Bob that he was pressured to edit his video. Cow or Bull, still damaged the crops. The man is a hunting enthusiast and did a service for the people. I hope the next time Bob stands taller and prouder! Like the Frank Sinatra song goes…”I did it my way”. It’s a shame people are so childish to use this against GoDaddy.com .

  • http://www.4rx-pharmacy.com My1Rx

    Hey Bob, With all of your money you could have supplied the villagers with big macs and steaks instead of shooting elephants. JP.

  • http://WWW.MYCOLORADOLANDANDRANCH.COM CATHERINE BROWN-SWAIN

    THIS VIDEO SHOULD HAVE BEEN LEFT ALONE!

  • http://WWW.MYCOLORADOLANDANDRANCH.COM CATHERINE BROWN-SWAIN

    THIS WILL DEFINITELY HAVE ME RE-THINKING GIVING GO DADDY ANY MORE BUSINESS!

  • http://domonicmongello.com Domonic

    Parsons is just another new rich trying to get the next level high in life. Killing any animal in a controlled environment is just a true sign of the weakness of a persons true soul.

    I wonder how his porky butt would look “stampeding” away when some holiday hunter was shooting at him.

    Sad – but this such the way of those who think they are beyond the purity of nature.

  • Steve

    Boycott Bob Parsons and Go Daddy – Let’s make sure we hit him hard in the pocketbook so that the only elephants he can afford to shoot in the future will be at the zoo – and the only shots he will get will be with a camera. Lets quit allowing jerks like Parsons continue to exploit women and animals for his own sick pleasures.

  • Prosenjit

    All she wants is our happiness, and nothing else. It’s her day, and it’s our day as well, to thank for creating mothers to love us. When you say love, it’s her everlasting presence in every moment of your life, only to make every moment more heavenly than the last. Its time to shower all your emotions upon her. Visit www.thejapanflorist.com/Mothersday.asp for further details.

  • http://www.microsourcing.com/disciplines/software-development.asp MicroSourcing

    If he isn’t issuing a public apology, the most he can do is edit the video as he did, since it’s clear that it offends people.

  • Disappointed

    If I didn’t have so many domains registered and hosted with GoDaddy, I would defintiely consider pulling my business after seeing THE ORIGINAL video. Shame on you Bob, for being such a proud killer.

  • Doug

    Jack, you’ve got to google search the origins of the nobel prize. Nobel himself was famous for creating something. Google it and find out for yourself. BTW – Leave Obama out of this. The man is just trying to fix the mess left by the previous president.

  • http://www.absolutewebworks.com/ Jesse

    This video will have very little impact in regards to GoDaddy dominating the domain registrar business. Personally I hope they loose market share. I do not think they are an ethical company. In a previous post I stated my reason why.

  • http://www.futurismnow.com ST

    How the rich spend their many extra tax cuts: Slaughtering things.
    Ingrates.

    And to pretend the villagers want this because we’re over here eating steak . . uh, not all of us eat meat, and he knows as well as the rest of us that you can easily forgo all meat and be perfectly healthy. This is, needless to say, a disgusting display of what rich people do to pass the time — destroying the environment and whatever lives in it. Hunting elephants is criminal.

  • http://www.snerdey.com Snerdey

    I don’t understand why it took a wealthy man from USA to go to another country to help solve an Elephant problem. To go back and edit the video is a classic clean up attempt. Mostly to try and stop the surge of clients leaving their services but the damage is done.

    Bob… Karma is a bitch.

  • http://www.arcanasphere.com MrAndrewJ

    AC/DC has been standing their ground against digital distribution for what seems to be artistic reasons. They or their representatives may have been responsible for the song’s removal — but that’s all speculation. It could also be that the band or their reps made the request for any other reasons.

    Again I see the insults, name calling, racial slurs, calls for Parson’s death and general hate. I’m still going to side with the guy who fed the hungry over the hateful mob.

    I am thankful for the people who have chosen to disagree with Parsons by their best efforts instead of their worst. Those of you acting productively may not share my perspective, but please hold your heads up high. I’m glad to see you acting properly on your principles. Don’t be dragged down by either my disagreement or the unprincipled sewage spilling from any side.

  • Dan

    What scandal? Nothing wrong was done. Elephants causing villagers crop damage, villagers also hungry. Elephant was shot. Life goes on.

  • jane

    I am trying to cancel all connections with Go Daddy- they make it extremely difficult
    this man is a sorry excuse for a human being
    makes me ill

  • Charlie

    Let the people die and elephants live! Better yet, tame the elephants and let them sit in your living room…because many posters can see the elephant anyway.

    Bob didn’t do anything illegal. The people of appreciated his hunt and kill – for that how many of them will live any extra day, month, or year because of the food.

  • SteveX

    The first religions were founded on the idea of giving respect to the spirit of the animals whose lives were taken for food. That is what is missing here – the animal is not being respected before or after taking it’s life. Perhaps the people who will make shoes from its leather and live for a day on its flesh will have more appreciation of what it means to take life from one sentient, intelligent being to give life to many. A gratitude ceremony at least? Save the Elephants – Feed the People!

  • http://www.doondoo.com RAaa

    DD

  • http://www.doondoo.com RAaa

    THis is a disaster

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