June 4, 2010

Lauding Leroy

If you're not on Twitter, you may have missed the controversy surrounding Leroy Stick, more popularly known in the cyber world as @BPGlobalPR. And those of you who are not on Twitter are suddenly confused as to why I threw an @ in there. Enjoy.

I was first introduced to Leroy when I saw this tweet on a friend's page:


And then I ran across @BPGlobalPR, that notorious Twitter account which is quite possibly the most clever approach I've seen when it comes to dealing with the political bull that has surrounded the crisis in the Gulf. @BPGlobalPR poses as a representative of BP, making outrageous statements about the safety standards and cleanup efforts of the major corporation.

Really, it's the perfect way to start off my day. I love the smell of sarcasm in the morning.

Understandably, BP is somewhat less than happy to have their glowing reputation tarnished by this social media phenomenon, which is growing ever more popular. In fact, the following of @BPGlobalPR has grown to be so significant that it has branched off into selling t-shirts, the proceeds of which are going entirely toward cleaning up the oil spill.

While I understand that this accident could have happened to any of the major oil companies and BP just happened to draw the short straw, there is simply no excuse for this. The oil spill began on April 20 and here we are today, thousands and thousands of gallons of oil pumped into our oceans.

If this continues, what kind of world will there be for my little boy to grow up in? Will I be able to take him on vacation and go to the beach? Or will he see a pile of dead birds covered in oil?

How do you explain THAT to a child?

I am telling you all about Leroy Stick because I think that he is the answer, or rather, people like him. I usually don't get up on my soapbox and get political on Adventures of the Stay At Home Mom because if my readers wanted to read a political blog, they could head right on over to MSNBC or FOX or any other news agency, since all of them seem to have something to say about exactly where the buck stops with this latest global crisis.

But it's not the news agencies that are going to fix this problem. And I think we've all seen that BP isn't exactly making a stellar effort to be open and honest with the public about the situation and their efforts to fix this issue. So what are we left with?

People like Leroy. People who are brutally honest, who use humor to convey an important message that is being glossed over by thousands of news reports showcasing pictures of oil-covered animals. People who are going to put the pressure on the oil companies to fix this problem and, better yet, make sure it doesn't happen again.


  1. http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/04/untold-story-bp-sized-oil-spills-happen-all-the-time-in-nigeria/

    check that out, there is a larger picture that holds more "environmental issues" then America will ever have to deal with. I believe the company (bp) is responding as best they can the well is deep, nothing has ever happened like this at these depths and no one knows what to do. So all the attempts they are making are first tries and they keep trying. The company has not given up neither has America. this country has more issues then oil in the water IMO that should be addressed but but never will be, although, that is for another time and place.

  2. The story in that link is extremely sad and I agree with you, there is a larger picture that is often overlooked.

    While I'm grateful BP is doing something to try to rectify this mistake, I do take issue with some of the choices they have made along the way by doing their best to contain information about this incident. Why not approach it like Toyota approached their recent PR disaster? With total disclosure, keeping the public completely up-to-date with what they were doing to repair the mistakes and doing their utmost to make it right.

    If BP had approached the situation with that attitude, not only trying to stop the oil from spewing into the Gulf, but with a detailed and exhaustive plan for immediately starting to make things right and to clean up the environment (instead of containing sensitive information and encouraging the affected states to pick up the tab), this would be a different issue.

    And it's true that America has more issues than oil in the water. But hopefully as time goes on, more and more of those issues will be brought to light.





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  4. While I too appreciate good political sarcasm used to increase awareness and pressure them to fix the problem, I am under the impression that BP is doing the best they can to stop the leak. Technology needs to be developed in this area in both the public and private sector, but who would have said this needs to be a high priority area to work on before this disaster?

    As far as Toyota disclosing everything, they did so only after hiding the problem for a while first. It may not be the most moral solution and Jiminy Cricket was for sure telling them it was the wrong thing to do, but nearly every company will try to cover up things that make them look bad as their knee jerk reaction. It is only when the problem becomes too huge and draws enough attention (another great reason for political/news satire) that the company will fess up. BP has recently started to enter this stage of the disaster.

    Lastly, boycotting BP does not hurt the company, it hurts the store owners and employees that don't even make much of a profit off of the bp gas they sell. While reducing our reliance on non-renewable resources is an important issue, it isn't going to happen right away and will not solve the problem.

  5. Kelly, I do hope that you are right and that BP takes steps toward full disclosure on this incident. I think that would go a long way toward rectifying this situation.

    And while I understand Sky's point about making a difference, I do agree with you. One person boycotting a major corporation may be a noble gesture, but it isn't going to effect change.

    A more practical approach than never driving and boycotting the use of gas altogether is the long-term plan for increasing our reliance on renewable resources. But as you pointed out, it isn't going to happen right away.