People are not happy with the NBC sports show "Under Wild Skies," which aired the slaughter of an elephant last week.
NRA Lobbyist, and host of the show, Tony Makris was depicted shooting an elephant in the face, watching it die, and proceeding to celebrate with champagne.
The show received heavy backlash from almost 50,000 disturbed viewers demanding that the show be cancelled.
According to an article in The Raw Story, in an interview with Cam Edwards, Makris responded to the complaints by comparing the opinion of elephant conservationists to that of nazis'.
Makris said that he is a hunter of all things, not just elephants.
“And they go, ‘They’re so big and kind and gentle and smart.’ And I said, ‘Okay, let me ask you a question. Should I be able to shoot birds? Well, I guess that’s okay. Ducks? Yeah. Pigeons? Oh, they’re flying rats, okay. Rabbits? Well rabbits are cute. But yeah. Squirrels? That’s nothing but a rat with a tail — with a fuzzy tail.’ And I said, ‘Well deer eat all my mother’s roses in Long Island.’ And I go, ‘So I can shoot all of those, but not an elephant?’”
Makris perhaps doesn't realize that elephants, along with being majestic and intelligent, are in extreme danger of extinction.
“And now they’re shocked,” he added. “And they said, ‘But they’re so big and special and they’re smarter.' And I went, ‘You know, Hitler would have said the same thing.’”
The show has now been cancelled, though not due to the elephant hunt. Comparing your critics to Hitler doesn't help you get picked up for another season.
The positive note from this story, more and more people are becoming upset from seeing images of slaughtered elephants, and are actually doing something about it!