NBC Sports Network, a broadcast partner of the NHL, made a bold move by cancelling “Under Wild Skies”, an outdoor hunting show which recently aired an elephant being shot in the face and killed.
You might think it’s for the elephant being shot. Guess again.
The show, which is sponsored by the National Rifle Association and features NRA lobbyist Tony Makris, has been criticized for airing the elephant being shot, which was filmed in Botswana.
Makris defended his actions on an NRA news show.
“And now they’re shocked. 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.”
An NBC Sports spokesman confirmed to Deadspin that the show will no longer air on their network.
“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.”
Good move by NBC Sports Network, although receiving criticism for the elephant shooting should have been enough reason for its cancellation.
As I pointed out last week, Mr. Makris was doing what a lot of gun-rights people do, lying. In order to make his stupid Hitler joke, he lied about what animal-rights activists say. They DO NOT say it's all right to shoot squirrels and pigeons and it's only a problem to shoot elephants. They oppose the shooting of animals, period. But, in the gun-rights debate, it's perfectly acceptable to make shit up.
The ironic twist is truly brilliant. The show has been cancelled. I'm laughing.