Great news! The NRA-sponsored television program, “Under Wild Skies,” has been canceled. This news comes after thousands of people voiced their outrage over the cruel murder of an elephant on the show, which came with a lot of senseless commentary from the show’s host, Tony Makris, who said on the show that he killed the elephant “in its bedroom,” called the elephant “cheeky” when it tried to escape, and then celebrated the kill with champagne.
Despite thousands of signatures on petitions seeking the show’s cancellation for its disrespect of animals, it was actually a different case of senseless commentary that led to the show’s demise: Makris compared his critics to Hitler.
“And now they’re shocked. And they said but [elephants are] so big and special and they’re smarter. And I went, you know, Hitler would have said the same thing,” Makris said of his critics.
A NBC spokesperson made the following statement:
“‘Under Wild Skies’ will no longer air on NBC Sports Sports Network due to the program’s close association with its host, whose recent comments comparing his critics to Hitler are outrageous and unacceptable. NBCSN will continue to air all of our other quality outdoor programming.”
Update – PETA also commented; praising NBC for making the right move.
“As close to 40,000 PETA supporters pointed out in e-mails to NBC, viewers today don’t want to see gun lobbyists having fun shooting elephants in the face. Like all animals, the elephants, rhinos, leopards, and other animals targeted on Under Wild Skies deserve respect and to be left in peace—not to be killed for a disgusting trophy or a television show. PETA praises NBC for making the right call and for canceling this vile, cruel, tasteless, National Rifle Association–sponsored program altogether.”
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