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WATCH: GoDaddy pulls Super Bowl commercial after outcry from animal activists

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The GoDaddy puppy finding its way back home. (PHOTO/VIDEO: YouTube/GoDaddy) The GoDaddy puppy finding its way back home. (PHOTO/VIDEO: YouTube/GoDaddy)
KHQ.COM - - Super Bowl ads are known to push the line. Each year the pressure mounts to go bigger and better than the year before. 


Last year, Budweiser ran an ad about a puppy forming a unique friendship with some Clydesdales, only to be adopted away by another family. But the puppy finds a way to get back to his home and be with his buddy again. 


This year, the website creation company GoDaddy, known in previous Super Bowl years for their provocative ads, decided to make a parody of Budweiser's 2014 ad, except in this ad when the puppy makes it all the way back home following many trials and tribulations, the owners are excited, but only because they just sold him on a website. This is where animal activists say GoDaddy crossed the line. 


The internet exploded with comments of infuriated people believing the puppy went back home to a puppy mill. 


One Twitter user wrote, "#GoDaddyPuppy Monsters who operate puppy mills should spend life in prison! Innocent pet children deserve much better! #AnimalRights." 


Another person said, "Thanks Go Daddy for making me never want to use your site after seeing your commercial. #Horrible." 


The SPCA tweeted, "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."


GoDaddy responded to the outrage by deciding to pull the ad. CEO Blake Irving released the following statement:


"This morning we previewed GoDaddy's Super Bowl spot on a popular talk show, and shortly after a controversy started to swirl about Buddy, our puppy, being sold online. The responses were emotional and direct. Many people urged us not to run the ad.

We've made a tremendous amount of progress over the past two years, advancing the GoDaddy brand as a company that cares a great deal about small business and is in their corner to help them succeed. People increasingly know who we are, what we do and who we do it for. 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.

The net result? We are pulling the ad from the Super Bowl. You'll still see us in the Big Game this year, and we hope it makes you laugh."

Some people are saying the ad served its intended purpose: to build up hype for GoDaddy's real Super Bowl ad, which according to Irving, they had ready to go the whole time. 

What do you think? Does the ad promote puppy mills, or is it simply a spoof and people need to calm down? Let us know on our Facebook Page.




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