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May 26, 2010

Fake BP Twitter feed mocks company over oil spill

Posted: 11:22 AM ET

Wow ... did a BP representative really say that?

Well, no. But a satirical Twitter feed, which at first glance looks like an official BP account, is serving up a scathing daily parody of the company's efforts to clean up the Gulf Coast oil spill.

A quick read of @bpglobalpr, a Twitter account created last week, should reveal to most users that this is no BP-sanctioned public relations campaign.

"Please help us with rebranding. We're not calling it an 'oil spill' anymore, now it's a 'Southern Fun Party' #bpcares," read a post from late Tuesday.

"Funny, no one has thanked us for seasons 3-15 of Treme yet. #bpcares," read another, referencing the HBO series set in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The feed definitely requires an appreciation of gallows humor. Written in the voice of a clueless oil-company spokesperson, it often makes light of the spill.

From Monday: "The ocean looks just a bit slimmer today. Dressing it in black really did the trick! #bpcares."

And from last week: "Please do NOT take or clean any oil you find on the beach. That is the property of British Petroleum and we WILL sue you."

The feed's popularity is steadily climbing, with more than 38,000 followers as of Wedneday morning. By contrast, the actual BP America Twitter feed had about 5,600.

Aside from tweaking the company whose offshore oil rig exploded, dumping millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, there may be an altruistic motive behind the Twitter account.

The feed repeatedly links to a site selling anti-BP T-shirts and claiming the proceeds will be donated to the Gulf Restoration Network, a group that works to protect and restore the Gulf region.

Whoever is behind the Twitter account did not respond to a message requesting comment for this post. A spokesman for BP said the company is aware of the Twitter feed, saying that anyone who sees it almost surely will know it's a spoof.

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only1kcm   May 26th, 2010 1:38 pm ET

Nate, I wish I could get rid of my car. I wish there was mass transit where I live, so I could do my 45-minute commute in the comfort of a train car, sleeping or reading.

No such luck.

So I, along with others, drive to work, occasionally carpooling when we can, but otherwise using cars.

It sucks and I hate it but I have no choice.

Bob   May 26th, 2010 1:53 pm ET

Really smart ubshevaun! Most of those companies are owned by people like you and I. They open a company to try and make ends meet and your going to boycott them because they happen to use the BP name? Please note (not so smart person) that they signed into a contract with BP to use the BP name because BP told them too. Now since BP is stupid, your going to destroy the small people to teach BP a lesson? BP doesn't care. Not to smart ubshevaun!!!!

phil   May 26th, 2010 1:58 pm ET

only1kcm – you do have a choice – MOVE!

TJREY   May 26th, 2010 2:07 pm ET




laxbro   May 26th, 2010 2:08 pm ET

i say we get a hose to suck up the oil then sive out the water

Jaym   May 26th, 2010 2:19 pm ET

"Move" is not a choice for millions.

Moving is not an automatic process. Millions of people do not have the ability to move.

To move, you must:

1) Have someplace to move into in advance. For countless individuals, this is not possible due to an inability to travel to a new place (thus being able to FIND a place to live), let alone the costs associated with finding a new place (1st/last months' rent, security deposit, transport of belongings).

2) Have good enough "credit" to do so. Many people have ruined their own credit scores, but there are countless people who've had theirs ruined through no fault of their own- in my case, a former employer failed to pay me my salary for a quarter, ruining my credit to this day.

3) Be able to travel. Not everyone can travel, period. I don't just mean fly. I mean hundreds of thousands of people get sick or have an inability to travel- it is not fun, it makes them ill, etc. Moving away from where you desire to live to another place you don't only compounds the issue- particularly when you're not moving due to YOUR own reasons, but to compensate for societal constructs.

4) Have money. Yes, I already mentioned paying for the moving costs, but beyond that and initial living expenses you have initial installation costs (cable/utilities/etc.) You have to stock up with groceries from 0- a large expense. There's clothes (if you're in a different climate), extra gas expenses from driving around due to lack of familiarity with new area, misc. fees for living- getting a new driver's license, etc. And of course, you've got your "new job" (because you did find a job, obviously, before moving, right?) expenses- having to take co-workers out to lunch to be politically correct & make a good impression (unless you're one of those bad co-workers no one likes)... on and on and on.

The list could go on, but you get the point, with just a little thought put into it.

"MOVE!" is a lovely rally cry- but it's not a "choice" for millions.

As to BP- boycotting is not going to work for such a large company, BUT switching to other companies who don't cut corners and do things responsibly would probably make many feel better. Of course, I dare you to find an oil company that doesn't cut corners and does things responsibly...

The solution isn't "MOVE!"... or to boycott... the solution is to do what we did with the space race: Mandate a the next decade a race to develop the next, new, clean energy source- and put the nation to work doing it. Don't tell me we can fly and land on the moon, but we can't spend ten years to create a plentiful, safe, environmentally friendly new means of creating energy we don't currently have.
Because it CAN be done.

All it takes is what no one wants to use: Time and money.

TranceField   May 26th, 2010 2:22 pm ET

LoL I have been following that Twitter account since Monday... it's hilarious.

J.Crobuzon   May 26th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

Don't worry! Rush Limbaugh says the oil will dissolve in water.

Franko   May 26th, 2010 2:37 pm ET

 From trading Carbon Tax derivatives
 BP wants to make sustainable profits

Paul   May 26th, 2010 2:43 pm ET

Also note: Simply boycotting a gas station does nothing to hurt the oil company. Any of them for that fact. If you want to make an impact everyone must stop driving period. Literally everyone. Ever car, truck, and oil consuming vehicle would need to stop.

Reason is this, when sales for one oil company goes down they have a surplus, demand for other companies oil goes up. So since one company has a surplus now and the other a higher demand, they just sell the surplus to the other oil company to offset there demand. Thus they all still make there money.

So if you think boycotting will work.. Go ahead and do it. Because it doesn't hurt anyone in the long run besides the small independent franchise owner of the gas station as someone mentioned earlier.

Lewis   May 26th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

Unless you live in a cave and grow your own food: you use petroleum products. It's not just gasoline.

People are fast to point fingers and complain about problems but are remarkably slow to try and find solutions, as a whole. Even with energy coming from another source entirely, we're going to need petroleum in some form.

For the time being lets hope that this top kill works. #1 right now is stopping that leak.

Kiran Fan   May 26th, 2010 3:05 pm ET

I like my fish blackened, but this is ridiculous.

Moe Smith   May 26th, 2010 3:19 pm ET

For those of you who believe that you can, "stick it to the man" by not purchasing gas from BP or any of the affiliated companies... keep one thing in mind you bunch of mindless lemmings who have zero thought process of your own... over half of the stations you see with the BP tag, are privately owned. What's more, they dont even use BP gasoline. So boycoting them does nothing more than HURT YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY. Plain. simple. period. It doesn't "stick it to BP" anymore than you flicking off a picture of the CEO of BP.

The oil being lost is used to produce more than gasoline... plastics, rubbers, MAKE-UP... oh yes, ladies... you want to go without your precious facepaint? most of you dont even realize it does you no good anyway.

You sheep need to wake up if you honestly believe that boycotting your local BP station will make a difference.

Bryan   May 26th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

Right on, Moe and Paul.

Amazing how many people suggest action without any thought about reality or how the world works.

Bo   May 26th, 2010 3:50 pm ET

Guess I really should say – Thank you BP for redirecting the tourists, my hostel in Los Angeles have been sold out the last few weeks.

Though I wonder what the F all the B&B's are thinking about this right about now, pretty sure they don't think the ocean looks better in black with dead birds all over the beach.

I sincerely hope the government holds this to BP and make sure nobody goes uncompensated by this event caused by the pursuit of profit.


boundsdh   May 26th, 2010 4:11 pm ET

Boycott ALL imports from England until BP cleans up every drop of the spilled oil and stops the leaks.
Hit them in the pocketbook.

kensocko   May 26th, 2010 4:22 pm ET

Favorite Twitter feed

Question   May 26th, 2010 4:54 pm ET

Okay so some people HAVE to drive to work, there is no other option. What Gas stations are on the do not use list?

Memphis Slim   May 26th, 2010 5:27 pm ET



Become an activist for mass transit.

Turn off the TV, grow your own garden, and do something to make the world a better place.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with getting off your butt and taking the first step.

Bill   May 26th, 2010 6:12 pm ET

I like PIE!

Sency   May 26th, 2010 6:53 pm ET

people are not happy about this BP Oil Spill. They are not happy at all!

RUFFNUTT   May 26th, 2010 6:55 pm ET

i got gas a bp this mourning... atleast the line was shorter than quiktrip's

anyways whats the worst thats gonna happen a few fish die?

GreyGeek   May 26th, 2010 8:08 pm ET

"Modern agriculture is the use of land to convert petroleum into food..."
– Dr. Alfred Bartlett

Think about that, and the fact that we have less than 30 days worth of food on the grocery store shelves. Then think about the fact that we were warned over 50 years ago that the USA would peak in oil production in 1970. It did. The USA is CONSUMING 8 Billion Barrels of oil per year. About 30% of our oil is now coming from the Gulf. The BP well won't be contributing to that total any time soon. The North Shore and ANWAR would supply our needs for less than a year if we depended on them entirely. People are told that the Gulf oil finds were "big" fields. 5 Billion barrels is NOT a big field. The Saudi Arabia Ghawar field, discovered in 1948, produces 4,500,000 barrels PER DAY and over its 62 year life time has produced over 101 Billion barrels of oil. THAT is a big field. But, at the rate we are consuming oil, if we were the sole consumer of the oil the Ghawar field produced it would have lasted us less that 13 years. Current "big" field finds are no where near the capacity to produce what we'll need in the future.

We should have begun our conversion from oil to solar (the only truly renewable source) 50 years ago, but our politicians loved their bribes ("campaign contributions") more than their country, which they sold to the corporations. BP has shown that the corporations love their profits more than anything else. A LOT of people are going to suffer in the near future because of the corporate and political greed and ignorance.

GreyGeek   May 26th, 2010 8:22 pm ET

Opps! Math repair: s/b 101 Million barrels, and the top 116 wells in the word product 32 million barrels per day which, if we consumed all of it, would have lasted us 90 years. The first US oil well began producing 126 years ago and is still producing 100,000 barrels per day. Regardless, our oil consumption rate is so great, and increasing, that we have already started on the down side of our production curve, and we will slide down it faster than we climbed up the growth curve.

Franko   May 26th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

  Why not just set it on fire ?

lee   May 26th, 2010 10:18 pm ET


oil leak, Hopi prophecy
"This is the Seventh Sign: You will hear of the sea turning black, and many living things dying because of it."

Manny   May 26th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

This is only one Oil company of many, that have offshore platforms. Take into consideration that this can happen to any of the oil platforms. And they also didn't have any definite backup plans if something like this were to happen to them. So, I would just say, boycott offshore drilling in general. Every oil platform is a liability. The more oil platforms there are, the more chances that something like this will happen. I say, boycott oil.

ThrowMeaBone   May 26th, 2010 11:13 pm ET

Well, I didn't know Rush Limbaugh had a solution to this all along!! Hell, why don't we just vote him into office, he'll take care of everything that was ever wrong with the world, and we can all just sit back with a cold one and relax feeling confident that he's got all the answers.

Maybe he can solve world hunger, too, while he's at it. I'm sure he has an opinion he's willing to share with anyone willing to listen...

What a blow hard! Jeez...

bugjackblue   May 27th, 2010 12:12 am ET

Unlike when that vicious evil lunatic Pat Robertson called an earthquake God's retribution for Haiti's slave revolution of the early 1800s overthrowing their white European masters, the BP oil spill may actually be an act of karmic justice.

Most of the places which will be most directly impacted are distinctly republican. Louisiana (once those uppity black folk had been dispersed and exiled by Katrina,) Alabama, Mississippi, and especially the Florida panhandle... all republican-owned and operated– no tears should be shed for any real estate speculators whose beachfront investments' values are going to plummet to zero. And when the hurricanes drive that water inland, and even better, pick it up as rain and drop it all over the southeast, and everything from Arkansas to the Carolinas stinks of it for years to come, it will be republican politicians who will have to explain it to their former backers... why agriculture will decline, and all sorts of disease will spread, and why their houses and farms and beaches will just reek of it as the film of petro-waste that covers everything slowly (very slowly) biodegrades in the sun over the decades to come.

Have fun, republicans. You earned it.

ThrowMeaBone   May 27th, 2010 12:59 am ET

OMG! I just found this on the Internet. Nostradamus foretold of the Gulf oil spill.

In the year 2010, in the fifth month,
from the ocean will come the great black poo,
the Earth will crap itself.
BP won't have TP or Immodium AD.

Adele   May 27th, 2010 4:21 am ET


Aramane   May 27th, 2010 5:09 am ET

Obama PR in disguise, lovely

Mike   May 27th, 2010 8:40 am ET

Since 2007, oil companies such as BP, Exxon, etc. have found themselves silly with profits. What have they been doing with their profits? Giving executives such as Mr. Hayward exorbitant bonuses? They certainly don't seem to be investing in safety & environmental matters. The problem when corporations find themselves silly with profits is that the greed factor kicks up several notches and safety & environmental related matters suddenly become targets for cost cuts, or worse, simply ignored. In the end however, corporations usually get what they deserve. BP will be vilified for decades. It will be much worse than the Exxon Valdez disaster since many, many more people visit the Gulf Coast than Prudhoe Bay.

Mike   May 27th, 2010 8:44 am ET

bugjackblue: your hate-filled rant has no scientific basis

Tad Pole   May 27th, 2010 12:32 pm ET

Walk. My feet are amazing.

Franko   May 27th, 2010 3:05 pm ET

 For disturbing the remains of the dead Dino Prophet of Allah
 USA will become insolvent, bankrupted
 Repent and do as the Genie Prophet Al Gore commands
 Solar Panels and Propellers blowing in the wind will save you
 From the wrath of the awakened GodZilla

B   May 27th, 2010 4:53 pm ET

Boycott comments. Way more morons here than there are at BP.

Sckit   May 27th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

OMG @James "My horse is amazing" HAHAHAHA I love that video!
As for the fake BP twitter, I think it's hilarious. Sure, the oil spill is nothing to laugh about, but he, why not make light of the situtation?
I have a blog about them myself at

Franko   May 29th, 2010 6:28 pm ET

 Twitter is public, while FaceBook is private
 Allow transparency and Tweet it all

BRando   May 31st, 2010 11:08 pm ET

I love how ignorant most of you people are about BP
Do you really think bp intended to go out there and this happen... Obviously they didnt. No oil company has ever seen such a huge disaster @ 5000 feet below see level. I can assure you that if you really think bp isnt doing everything necessary to stop this oil gushing into the gulf you are an idiot. THe problem is that since we have never seen anything like this EVER!!!! what do we do, how do we fix it. The have every mind they know to have working on this. I understand that they made 4.83 billion last quarter but they are still losing money every day at the rate of up to 16 million a day. We are a capitalist society its not our place to question what they do with their money. Its theirs. I could see it being a problem if they didnt respond to this like they have, but i am pretty sure they are doing the best they.

Nature is carbon based. Go to the Exxon Valdez site and you will find a completely repaired environment. Nature fixes its self over time.

Franko   June 1st, 2010 12:22 am ET

To; BRando; "we have never seen anything like this EVER!!!!"

#204 No Agenda Show For Sunday May 30th 2010
Oil Spill Déjà vu

On a regular basis, collect insurance, speculate on oil prices
But now, additionally, too many peopleon the planret (Ted Turner)
Stop th climate - Al Gore and President Cameleon.

BRando   June 1st, 2010 2:06 am ET

explain the sense that makes FUNK O

BRando   June 1st, 2010 2:08 am ET

Tell me the last time you heard of and oil gush, the likes of which we have never seen 5000 FEET below the ocean surface. Please enlighten me

BRando   June 1st, 2010 2:15 am ET

ix toc was 160 feet below the surface you frickin retard no comparison

no comparison

BRando   June 1st, 2010 2:19 am ET

not to mention they people on this talk show back up my point that nature repairs itself, the world did not end with that and wont with this

Franko   June 1st, 2010 2:58 am ET

BRando - "explain the sense that makes"
 Pushing the limits of technology, taking insured and calculated risks,
 is the modus operandi to guaranteed market manipulated oil profits.

BRando   June 1st, 2010 6:14 am ET

listen mr wizard im not college educated, my modus operundi is simply use my brain. some times things dont go as planned and thats what happened here. there is no need to crucify bp for this accident they should be held resposible but not slandered or crucified.

Franko   June 1st, 2010 1:29 pm ET

 Tragedy for the workers, a convenient disaster to support an agenda.
 CO2 taxes, Greenie sustainable policies, corporate profits.

Randolph Arendsz   June 2nd, 2010 11:36 am ET

I was wondering why BP did not use a clamp to clamp the oil tube instead of cutting it. I know for a fact that clamping tubes of boilers in refinery under operating conditions (high temp and pressure) is a common practice used in by Exxon refineries.

Clamp the tube may resolve this matter for the time being giving the engineers more time to come up with a more permanent solution

Franko   June 2nd, 2010 6:47 pm ET

 "Top Recipient of Political Cash from BP, Goldman Sachs,
 Defense Contractors AND Healthcare Giants: Barack Obama"
 BP is heavily into Carbon Capture, yet cannot plug a pipe ?
 Priorities, other than safety, is the disaster cause.
 Bring in the ClimateGate investigators to absolve BP.

Floyd Dell Jones Jr.   June 8th, 2010 12:28 am ET

I have a fix to the oil spill. It may be a permanent fix to continue to use the well. Please contact me by email for details.

albuquerque   June 14th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

I ride my bike to work 15 miles every day.
It takes about an hour and a half – just slightly faster than the sad public transport here in albuquerque.
you can get to work without a car.
If I'm tired I take my motorcycle – 60 mpg (I ride a small motorbike).
just a suggestion. if more people rode 500cc motorbikes I think we would all save precious resources. of course if you are fit the bicycle is the best option:)
I have a car and drive it maybe once a week for groceries (cant carry all that on my back!) Its a 72 VW beetle I get outstanding gas mileage.
I think in our current society we cant change from our cars to our bikes all at once. but we can reach a happy medium by exploring other opportunities like bicycle riding or even small motorcycle riding.
for now.
thanks, people.

Larry Conner   June 16th, 2010 9:06 am ET

why don't you make about a 20 foot kevlare slinkey with a mile tegflon attouch to it pull it down there take three robots let one hold it have two pull it over it let the oil open it up \then put it in the tankers. at least it would be at the serfuce at least you would get 80 %of it at the top of the water

dr britt   September 29th, 2010 6:53 am ET

@bugjackblue...typical comment from an uneducated idiot.

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bugjackblue   March 14th, 2012 6:37 pm ET

Ooh, touched a nerve, did we?

"Hate-filled rant?" Absolutely. Glad you enjoyed it. Plenty to hate and lord knows they surely deserve it. Unfortunately however they (those wascally wepublicans) can never be adequately repaid for the monstrous evil they have wrought upon whomever and whatever they have touched.

"Uneducated?" Hardly. You have no idea... but maybe you can trim my lawn, "Doctor."

Marta   September 9th, 2012 1:09 am ET

personally, i would strongly diklise that!! and i know a lot of people that would agree. There seems to be such tension, competetion and conflict between the US and canada and i think it would lead to conflict. i also believe it would be bad for our economy. it would be unfortunate because canada is a very different and seperate country from the states. canada is proud of many things and sharing that pride with the states just wouldnt happen! plus no offense americans but canada doesnt want to be included in things like, being such high air polluters!!! yikkes, no thanks =)

shannon ray blake   November 17th, 2013 10:39 pm ET

you people on twitter have permnently suspended i can not talk to anybody on any blog about various comments.i do get mad,but maddness comes from my anger.i hope you people know what this means. it means when your a soul,you will find out i am the one who buried every soul in existance except a few females...i hope understand this war is eternal,and saying your sorry will not matter.i have lived by the sword spiriually for all souls have been buried and waiting to see reponse to the truth of my testimony!shannon

In home personal training Long Island   December 4th, 2013 6:01 pm ET

Funny, but i still would not buy anything this twitter feed is selling. BP knows there's nothing it can do. I hope BP truly does all it can to keep the clean up going.My favorite line of the post is "Please do NOT take or clean any oil you find on the beach".

BP clean your act up while you clean the gulf up.

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