Hoax Of The Year: BP's PR Twitter Page

BP is still trying to contain a horrendous oil spill that started 33 days ago off the Gulf of Mexico with an explosion and subsequent fire on the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, killing 11 workers. Since April 20th, every effort to contain said spill has been epic fail as oil has been pouring into the Gulf from a blown-out undersea well at a rate of at least 210,000 gallons per day.  

Staring on May 19th, mysterious tweets began to pop up from a quietly created source claiming to be BP Public Relations with their bio stating "This page exists to get BP's message and mission statement out into the twitterverse!"

And boy, are they EVER...Holy S*&t, folks. HILARIOUS.

With tweets like: "Oh man, this whole time we've been trying to stop SEAWATER from gushing into our OIL. Stupid Terry was holding the diagram upside down."; "I'm sorry, are people mad at us for drilling in the ocean?!? Maybe God shouldn't have put oil there in the first place. DUH. #bpcares"; and "The good news: Mermaids are real. The bad news: They are now extinct. #bpcares"; the site has racked up 16,745 followers and 1 million in laughs. 


At first I thought, "ah, hacker," until I looked at who they were following. I kinda doubt BP would be hip enough to be following awesome people like Neil Hamburger, Korean Celt and Nick Kroll, or cool grindhouse theatres like the New Beverly Cinema.

Don't care, still hilarious.

My personal favorite: "Jelly beans, roller coasters, pizza and trampolines. Without oil, none of these would exist. Just something to think about. #prayforBP"

It's only a matter of time before the REAL BP pr chokes the life out of this page and kills it, but until then, you should TOTALLY follow them. Rare to find a Twitter page where every tweet elicits some kind of reaction.

Whoever you are, I think I love you. Well done.

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