Outrage Over GoDaddy CEO’s Zimbabwe Elephant Kill
Since the CEO of Internet domain-name registrar GoDaddy.com killed an elephant last week, outrage has been mounting against him. Calls for boycotting the company are increasing from gay-rights, animal-rights and human-rights activists.
Like so many people these days, Bob Parsons apparently believes (or believed) in over-sharing on the Internet. He assumed that people would want to see him killing an elephant in the southern African nation of Zimbabwe.
Judging from the near-universal condemnation of the video, he was wrong.
Parsons spent what British gay activist Peter Tatchell calls "a small fortune" to shoot the elephant. Tatchell, an outspoken opponent of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, even once attempted to have the leader arrested on a trip to London.
Mugabe, who was initially hailed as a freedom fighter when the nation, formerly known as Rhodesia, gained its independence from Great Britain, has since become an isolated leader, who by nearly all accounts is a cruel tyrant. While his people are literally dying of hunger, his wife was photographed (and attempted to have the photographer beaten up) in Hong Kong buying expensive designer clothing.
Mugabe notoriously undermined the fertile nation’s agricultural system by systematically allowing rural blacks to terrorize white farmers, who have since fled to South Africa or Europe. That left their once-productive estates in a state of ruin.
Mugabe has undermined every election and imprisoned and tortured his opponents. The nation is also a hotbed of HIV infection, with no real prevention or public-service announcements on precautions against the virus.