BP has dropped the ball repeatedly in the last month. It’s almost like the ball going through Boston Reds Sox first baseman Bill Buckner letting that infamous ball go through his legs. Yeah, it’s bad.
A fake Twitter account has been set up under @BPGlobalPR and fake spokesperson Terry is “helping” out his company by constantly twittering what BP is doing. It’s dark, and in any terrible situation such as Deepwater Horizon, sometimes the satire is hysterical in a very black way.
A bird just stole my sandwich. You deserve everything you get, nature! #bpcares
Whoever does this stays in character. BP hasn’t ordered a cease and desist but I don’t think they are amused either.
We tracked down the fictional Terry and had a chat via e-mail. Throughout the exchange, he refused to break character (or talk on the phone). He did, however, note that the project has netted more than $3,000 for the nonprofit Gulf Restoration Network through the sale of $25 “BP cares” T-shirts (in green and black, a nice mesh of the colors of money and oil).
“Companies screw up and then they hire folks like me to come in to make it look like they’re doing something while they figure out how to make money again,” the fake public relations representative wrote. “BP is doing everything we can to save our reputation and hopefully salvage some oil out of all this. We’re making a ton of shirts and commercials about how we care, and I cleaned an ugly bird yesterday.”
The page quickly caught the attention of numerous media outlets, which in turn flagged representatives of the oil giant — the real one. “It’s a shame, but obviously people are entitled to their views,” one spokesman told the Wall Street Journal.
Don’t feel too sorry for BP, especially Randy Prescott. Memphis blogger jensized tweeted this story earlier today.
One month after news of a giant Gulf Coast oil spill began making headlines across the country, aid organizations worry that the region may see an influx of workers seeking cleanup jobs that simply don’t exist.
“People are being told they can drive here and apply for jobs and BP will pay for travel and hotels. This is just not true,” executive director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Darlene Kattan said Thursday night at a public meeting in Metairie.
Kattan’s phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from agencies nationwide struggling to find jobs for laid-off workers – and interested in placing workers in cleanup jobs they’ve heard about. Unfortunately, these jobs don’t exist in the numbers imagined, or in the number needed to employ the thousands already here and needing work. In short, the never-ending great recession has met the never-ending oil spill.
BP representative Hugh Depland said that while the company wasn’t sure exactly when more workers would be hired, the $239 billion company was spending “a lot of money, time and effort to bring this event to a close.” And to those worried restaurateurs facing rising prices for shrimp and oysters? In the words of fellow BP rep Randy Prescott: “Louisiana isn’t the only place that has shrimp.”
Mr. Prescott, that’s not the point and you know it. You know it. (seethes.)
So, go for it fake BPGlobalPR.