GoDaddy Pulls Controversial Puppy Super Bowl Ad
GoDaddy has decided to pull their Super Bowl ad after animal rights activists were upset that their ad was promoting illegal puppy mills.
GoDaddy Super Bowl Ad Promoting Animal Cruelty?
GoDaddy released a teaser of their Big Game ad on Tuesday, and viewers quickly sprang into action petitioning to have the ad pulled from the Super Bowl.
The ad features a puppy, supposedly the one GoDaddy has adopted as their new ‘Chief Companion Officer,’ who travels far and wide to find his way home, only to be sold by his owners over the Internet. The ad was intended to mock Budweiser’s “Lost Dog” Super Bowl ad, a follow up to their beloved 2014 Super Bowl ad “Puppy Love.”
— GoDaddy (@GoDaddy) January 23, 2015
Twitter Reacts To #GoDaddyPuppy
Reactions to the ad were mixed, to say the least, with angry fans taking to Twitter using the hashtag ‘#GoDaddyPuppy.’
— Laura Nativo CPDT-KA (@LauraNativo) January 27, 2015
— Sam Ratcliffe (@VegasRockDog) January 27, 2015
If you can buy a puppy online and have it shipped to you the next day, it’s likely you’re supporting inhumane breeding. #GoDaddyPuppy
— The SPCA (@animalrescuers) January 27, 2015
GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl Ad
Barely 24 hours after the teaser premiered, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving released a statement apologizing for the ad and announcing that it had been pulled. “At the end of the day, our purpose at GoDaddy is to help small businesses around the world build a successful online presence. We hoped our ad would increase awareness of that cause. However, we underestimated the emotional response. And we heard that loud and clear,” reads the statement.
GoDaddy will still run an ad during the Super Bowl, but it’s unclear what it will look like. Furthermore, Irving emphasized that the puppy that starred in the ad, named Buddy, came from “a reputable and loving breeder” and that he has been adopted by a GoDaddy employee.
In addition to pulling the ad, GoDaddy has plans to release a PSA featuring their star spokesperson, Danica Patrick, holding Buddy, that appears to have been filmed at the same time as the ad.