Remember when Facebook co-founder and ex-Napsterite Sean Parker became the poster boy for ridiculously lavish displays of excess by basically recreating a Game of Thrones set for his Big Sur wedding to the tune of $10 million? And remember when he became a real life “Big Yellow Taxi” lyric by adding fake ruins, increasing erosion and sedimentation, and damaging redwoods? According to the California Coastal Commission, the structures caused “immediate physical damage to individual trees” and “impacted the existing redwood forest habitat,” potentially even harming the redwoods’ ability to reproduce. People were understandably pissed.
Well, maybe we should call off the dogs, a little. (Just a little!) Parker himself wrote to the Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal, who originally broke the story, to give his side. Madrigal pulls out three key points that redeem Parker somewhat: