When you think Internet domain registrar, the words "sexist," "racist," and "elephant killing" don't necessarily come to mind. Unless, of course, you're talking about GoDaddy.com, the largest domain registrar in the world. For a company that's business is as benign as selling URLs, it's not very good at staying out of trouble. Here's a list of the enemies Go Daddy has made over the years:
Animal Rights Groups
This week, Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons posted a video of himself killing an elephant in Zimbabwe that infuriated animal rights groups. The video says the elephant had been damaging the crop of a desperate farmer who had asked Parsons to help him. It then showed "hungry" villagers wearing Go Daddy apparel picking apart the elephant for food. In no time, PETA vice president Tracy Reiman issued a letter to Parsons saying "I am writing to present you with PETA's first-ever Scummiest CEO of the Year Award... for your egregious disregard for the life of the elephant you shot and killed for your personal enjoyment." In response to the outrage, Parsons told a Fox affiliate "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."