When California regulators told Sean Parker that the elaborate, Tolkienesque set for his wedding wasn't permitted, he went along anyway. Was this just eco-oversensitivity? Nope: Parker's grotesque ceremonial mound was a redwood-damaging, erosion-spilling indulgence.
From a new report by the California Coastal Commission (unearthed by The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal), it's clear that Parker didn't give a damn about the consequences of an artificial castle in pristine woodlands—"Neraida," the company he created just to oversee his wedding, didn't obtain any necessary permits. He and his wife wanted a dream wedding with elven cottages, and they were going to get it, even if it meant settling with state regulators for $2.5 million after the fact. When you help make Facebook a billion-strong global entity, you don't worry about permits, my friend. Permits are for the rest of us.