Monday, April 4, 2011
GoDaddy's Parsons Attracts Controversy For Elephant Killing
Scottsdale, Arizona-based GoDaddy.com, the online domain name registrar and Internet services provider run by Bob Parsons, is no stranger to controversy, particularly over its racy SuperBowl commercials. However, the firm is facing new kind of controversy this week over a video posted by CEO Parsons showing him killing an elephant in Zimbabwe. Among the side effects of the video is a move by the Human Society of the United States to move about 650 of its domain names away from the registrar, plus offers by a number of GoDaddy's competitors to provide discounts to people protesting Parsons' actions. The controversy comes at a bad time for GoDaddy, which in recent weeks has been stressing the firm's charity efforts.