That Dentist Who Paid $50,000 To Hunt a Lion in Zimbabwe is an Asshole Tourist


R.I.P. Cecil. You shall be avenged … by public shaming.

Today’s asshole tourist in the news comes from Zimbabwe, where Dr. Walter J. Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, went to the African nation to go hunting. He ended up killing the country’s beloved lion, Cecil, and is now wanted for poaching charges. Do they make t-shirts for that? “I Went To Zimbabwe To Kill A Lion and All I Got Was This Damn T-Shirt and a Warrant For My Arrest.”

The story is wrong on so many levels, let’s start with the $50,000 price tag. My dentist is damn good and makes a decent living, but I doubt she can drop $50K for any trip. You can do a decent journey to multiple countries and continents and stay in some pretty swanky accommodations for that cash. Dr. Palmer decided to head to Africa and alter the natural landscape.

That’s what asshole tourists do — they go to destinations and impose their will onto them. They don’t go to learn about different cultures, mingle with the locals or broaden their world outlook.

Even if you’re a hunting advocate, you have to admit that luring an animal out of a conservation, tracking it for 40 hours, killing it, decapitating it and then leaving it to rot is a dick move. What are you trying to prove, doc? If your friends are impressed by this, then they aren’t your friends.

“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt,” Dr. Palmer said to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.” Might I suggest a refund, douchebag? Or even replacing your rifle with a telescopic photo lens so that others might appreciate the lion?

Now comes the public shaming. As I mentioned before you should read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. Jimmy Kimmel took him to task tonight and got emotional. The internet has shut down his dental practice in Bloomington, MN by attacking his public profiles.

I have no problem with his public shaming.

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