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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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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

Funneh


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

STOP DRIVING!
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 http://omgthisissuchabigdeal.tumblr.com/


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 me.now 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 decades.now 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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