The British public were outraged this week by news that Stan Kroenke – owner of the popular London soccer club Arsenal – planned to launch a TV channel dedicated to trophy hunting.
Kroenke reportedly envisioned a subscription channel that would air footage of the hunting and killing of vulnerable African species like elephants and lions.
After enormous outcry the American billionaire has now backtracked and decided to pull all footage related to big game animals from the channel.
But let’s not give him too much credit.
Before the public backlash – Simon Barr – a spokesperson for My Outdoor TV — the name of Kroenke’s channel — had defended its programming in the most absurd ways.
Barr assured people that the channel would only show legal and ‘ethical hunts’ — whatever that means.
He also claimed it would air ‘fair chase’ hunts only.
I’m not sure how men stalking and shooting animals with guns is fair – but maybe I just don’t get it.