GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons is God’s Gift to No Longer Getting Any Money from Us
In the past, I overlooked the sexist Superbowl ads from GoDaddy.com.
They were bothersome, but you can’t fault CEO and founder Bob Parsons from recognizing that sex does sell – yes, it even works for hosting services (kind of creepy when you think about it that way.)
Since 2003, we’ve amassed 138 domain names and two virtual dedicated servers to run our business, all purchased through GoDaddy.
I just looked at our financials for 2010 and last year we spent a total of $2,845.52 on services provided by them. Over the last 6-7 years, I imagine we’ve spent over $10,000.
You could say we’re a decent customer – not nearly a heavy hitter – but I (or anyone else) probably wouldn’t mind being $3,000 richer right now, right?
The reason I’m telling you this, is not because I want to show you how expensive web hosting is (I wish it was free!), but to explain that in the next few months we are completely migrating all our domains and hosting accounts to another service.
We’re taking our business elsewhere and we will no longer be customers of GoDaddy.com.
The reason we’re changing vendors is because of a very specific video posted by Parsons that clearly showed me he is not the type of person I want to give my money to – and if you’re a reader here, I’m going to guess about 99% of you who own websites or domains will feel the same. (The other 1% is just for those who like to disagree with me no matter what I say. LOL!)
I was tipped off last night to a video of Parsons, published on GoDaddy’s Video.Me site, hunting a “problem elephant” in Zimbabwe.
The video is embedded here, but PLEASE, PLEASE do not watch it if you want to continue having a good day. It is extremely disturbing and will cause you to react emotionally. I’m serious about this. I will provide a play-by-play for you below so you don’t have to watch.
Play-by-play for those who were smart enough NOT to watch:
Scene 1: Bob Parsons explains he’s in Zimbabwe and there is a “problem elephant” that is destroying a farmer’s crops.
Scene 2: We see the damaged crops.
Scene 3: Cut to later on in the night. It’s dark and Parsons and crew wait for the elephant.
Scene 4: The elephant arrives and Parsons (CEO of GoDaddy, remember) takes 4-5 shots and kills it.
Scene 5: It’s the next day and the villagers gather around the elephant and take large chunks of meat from it to feed their families.
Scene 6: Parsons is considered an American Hero and awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for helping all of Zimbabwe solve their “problem elephant” problems by killing them. President Obama calls for all egotistical, lunatic CEOs to leave for Africa immediately to restore order and stop these distructive and malicious creatures.
OK, I was joking about the last part. Scene 6 really just infers that Parsons is somewhat of a hero for killing the elephant and then feeding the entire village.
What’s wrong with this video?
A lot of things, but let me break down what bothers me the most – in no particular order.
1. The villagers don’t need some lunatic, white guy to kill elephants for them.
Besides the obvious animal rights issues and the fact that this elephant never should have been killed, the first and most uneasy thing about the video that I wondered (before the part with the shooting and then death of the elephant) was “why is Bob Parsons killing an elephant when there are 10 or more willing and able villagers to do the job?”
I’m sure, unfairly, there are plenty of elephants killed by farmers in Zimbabwe because they are deemed “problem elephants” that destroy crops.
This is likely a regular occurrence and this village did not need the assistance of a rich, white dude (in history, this is exactly what has been one of the biggest problems in Africa – rich, white dudes.)
This clearly shows his motivation was for the thrill of the kill. Anyone in his hunting party could have carried out that awful deed. For him to do it shows he’s acting with no conscience – or as I believe – just doesn’t have one in the first place.
2. Parsons is not a savior to this village, he’s an idiot.
The ending of the video implies that Parsons’ elephant murder helped feed dozens of villagers who were starving.
This implication actually may be partially true.
There are many poor people in Zimbabwe and I’m sure that they were thrilled to be able to eat the meat of this animal.
The part that is not true, is that Parsons did not help anyone by killing the animal.
First, the villagers would have killed it anyway if he was not around (which still doesn’t make it right) and, second, he likely enabled the villagers to continue this inhumane practice because I’m sure “problem elephant” hunting requires a fee paid by Parsons to them.
By paying for the “hunt,” Parsons feeds an existing market in the village that will never allow this practice to end. If the villagers know they can get $X from having an idiot, white guy come and kill an elephant, they’ll never set up the humane systems to keep elephants (and crazy, white guys) away.
I know I usually don’t call people “idiots” on the blog, but for the first time, I truly feel justified in using the word.
3. Now the obvious, no one has a right to kill an elephant like this.
I don’t think I need to explain this too much. We’re all of the same philosophy here.
You don’t kill an elephant that steps on your crops, just like you don’t shoot children who cut through your backyard on their way to school.
4. He could have used his money and influence to buy humane methods that will keep elephants away.
PETA, of course, sprung into action yesterday about this issue and pointed out there are low cost and efficient ways for farmers to reduce elephant contact. These include spotlights, bamboo and inexpensive fencing.
I’m sure a donation of just a couple of thousands of dollars from Parsons would have saved this village from the loss of crops due to elephants as well as give them some clean water systems and helped buy them necessary medical supplies and anything else they are lacking.
That is, obviously, much more helpful than shooting an elephant for sport.
Frankly, Parsons could have used his money to sign another sexy superstar to pose in swimsuits on TV and it probably wouldn’t have caused me to jump ship from GoDaddy, but he didn’t. He did something that was so awful, it requires action.
I hope you feel the same way too.
Transitioning over 138 domains and hosting accounts is not the easiest thing to do, but we’ve decided that as of July 2011, we’ll have this entire migrated to another hosting company that actually has a conscience.
If you have any hosting accounts or domains registered with GoDaddy and dislike what Bob Parsons represents, I hope that you do not give him, his investors or anyone else associated with him your money.
Here are some hosting and domain services that have CEOs who don’t kill elephants then publish the carnage online (Please note: We have not used any of these services, but will be looking into them and let you know which one we choose):
(This list was provided by some helpful Facebook friends and fans! Thanks, guys!)
How to Change Your Domain to Another Service?
Changing the domain is actually fairly easy.
I can’t remember if you initiate it with GoDaddy or with the new service, but basically each domain registrar will have a “Transfer Domains” option. All you have to do is follow the instructions, approve the transfer by email, provide your payment information and you’re good to go.
How to Change Your Hosting?
I don’t know how to do this, we will have our webmaster transfer all our files and materials to the new hosting service once we have it set up.
If you want to find inexpensive web providers one of the best sources is Elance.com. Here you can hire people at reasonable rates on a one time or job-by-job basis.
What to do now?
Be active. Do something about this now.
If you have a hosting account or GoDaddy domain, transfer it to another service.
If don’t, but know someone who does, send them this article so that they can make their own decision.
Many times it’s easier to stay where you are in life. In this case, it would be easier for us to just stay with GoDaddy because it will cost time and money to transfer everything over to another service.
But after seeing that we’re paying money to help fund someone’s personal thrill killing in Africa, I realize there is no other option and we’ll gladly do whatever it takes to make sure our hard earned dollars are spent somewhere else.
Please pass this article along to anyone who owns a hosting account or a domain. Hopefully our pass-it-along karma will hit him where it hurts – his ego and wallet.
Or maybe, next time, the elephants will find him first… while they’re hunting “problem humans.”
I want to know your thoughts: What do you think about this? I’m I completely off? Is there some redeeming action that I’m missing in this whole incident that I don’t see?