As you may have heard by now, GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons has been taking some heat for his little vacation to Africa where he killed an elephant, video taped it, and tweeted it out to all of his followers.
Parsons has defended his actions in the press, but the masses seem less than thrilled with them.
There’s an interesting report out from the Baltimore Sun, which references an interview the publication did with Parsons a year ago. In this report, we find that Parsons mentions the possibility that he could have become a zoologist. Here’s the relevant excerpt:
Consider Parsons’ comments in an interview with The Sun a year ago, when his alma mater, the University of Baltimore, named him its “distinguished entrepreneur of 2010.” (In 2008, the school awarded him an honorary Doctorate of — you guessed it! — Humane Letters. But I digress.)
Parsons told The Sun’s Jamie Smith Hopkins that it was only by chance that he’d majored in accounting at UB, something he credited with greatly helping him in business. He wanted to avoid having to stand in a long line to confer with a UB academic counselor before registering, so he flipped open a booklet with a list of majors and picked the first one listed.
“Had I opened [the booklet] backwards and become a zoologist, I have no idea what I’d be doing.”
At this point, it’s looking like it might have done him well to major in Public Relations. The whole thing has been a complete PR disaster, not to mention a big hit to GoDaddy’s business as angered customers jump ship to other domain registrars.
Parsons has not tweeted since April 1, at the height of the media and customer backlash.
GoDaddy has still yet to post a press release on the subject.