Friday, December 16, 2011

BP Sponsoring Tourism Ads for the Gulf

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

What does BP have to do with the Gulf besides causing one of the world's worst man-made disasters? Why, appointing themselves as the Gulf's new PR agent! BP is exerting much effort and advertising funds to bring more tourists to the Gulf.

In August, they aired two TV commercials called “Best Place” and “Great Vacation.” They have uploaded 28 YouTube videos, many featuring local business owners and select residents. The “Great Vacation” ad depicts four spokespeople from four different areas lightheartedly battling it out for who has the best vacation spot.

They are trying to uphold the Gulf as the best vacation resort yet. Supposedly, 2011 was the best tourism season. Who are included in these tourism numbers?

BP has spent $92 million dollars in the last three years for tourism alone. The ads are meant to inform people that it is okay to swim in the “clean” waters and eat the food. What are they not showing in the ads?

How about the deaths and sickness of the cleanup crew hired by them when they promised to help fix the local economy. The sickness that ensued for the fisherman, swimmers, and sea life after the toxic Corexit was dumped. That it did nothing to actually rid the Gulf of the bubbling brown cocktail. That they paid millions to law enforcement, churches, and other organizations for a “boost” but neglected to pay any ill health claims.  Or how about that the clean-up contracts stipulated years of work, as well as a coordinated cover-up plan.

Is this their warped way of atonement for death, destruction, and irreparable pollution? Let's pay off some officials, get some good testimonies, and bring more people into the muck.

What do they have to do with tourism??

New ads:

Clean up ads:

Look, many folks depend on tourism in the Gulf area and I don't want to disparage them here.  But in all seriousness, it is still may not be safe and BP knows it.  Given their recent history of a vast cover up, it's impossible to know for sure.

In fact, there are many reports that the leak is still bubbling oil. Yet, BP seems to feel that buying public opinion is a better investment than actually cleaning up the mess and compensating the people who've gotten sick and lost their entire way of life.

Public Relations cannot cover up the damage that many experts claim will continue for decades.  It appears to be just another chapter in the "Big Fix" cover up:



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Anonymous said...

I wondered the same thing when I heard brought to you by BP on one of these commercials on made me feel uneasy.

Anonymous said...

I hope at some point in the release of The Big Fix, the deaths of many individuals who's stories I found on youtube, are mentioned. There was a woman massage therapist (Lisa Nelson?) who went out for a walk one night and breathed in the Corexit - she became swollen and bruised and died shortly thereafter. Many people's blood has been sent to the lab for tests, coming back with high concentrations of toxins that were in Corexit. Even people's backyard swimming pools became contaminated from either contaminated rainfall or night spraying over land - and people swam in them, thinking it was safe - ended up hemorraghing. There was a swimmer (Diana Nyad) who trained to swim from Cuba to Florida. She had to quit after because of severe pain and asthma attack (she never had asthma before in her life). I don't think she has even made the connection that the toxicity of the water probably caused this to happen to her. People can go swim there on vacation and feel fine, but end up with the illness from that vacation weeks to months later, and never make the connection. Kind of like vaccines.

apeman2502 said...

Yeah, after a hard days work wrenching and adjusting America's transportation, nothing hits the spot like a moly-grease and oilfilled clamshell sandwich. The taste just can't be beat. And since the government's new health guidelines limit Gulf seafood consumption to about one ounce a day, a moly-clam sandwich will be what BP calls our ticket toa whole new future. I think I'll vote for Newt this time around.It will be fun seeing those damned hippies' heads roll with my new moonlighting job over at the FEMA camp. That was FEMA that fooled you all into believing there were no nukes at the WTCs back in 2001.

Anonymous said...

When we see BP executive echelons spend a day with their families swimming in the Gulf, marinating in their CoreExit, then after a few years, if they have no health problems, we might believe them. Perhaps, this should be done forcibly, to see how they enjoy being made lab rats like those people who live there on a day-to-day basis. This is proof positive that our media, our politicians, and humanity have been bought and sold.

The Punk Patriot said...

Check out my propaganda remix:

Anonymous said...

How many times can you deceive people? I guess when you have unlimited power, funds, government and media support, BP can buy their way back - the answer is *always*.
I doesn't work for me - and I hope people will wake up. These are criminals that only care about their bottom line profit.
I can't wait to see the documentary *The Big Fix* and I have mentioned it to everyone I know. Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

Check out this GREAT interview!!!

THE BIG FIX - SHOCKING Interview by Ken Spector

Anonymous said...

How much truth is there in these ads?

Anonymous said...

I've seen these ads and they are disgusting! The huge amounts of oil haven't been removed, they are just now sitting on the bottom, doing god-knows-what to the wildlife in the gulf. This is propaganda, pure and simple. This is not really getting the livlihoods of the gulf businesses back, it is endangering more lives over time, but so slowly now that not many will notice and they will probably get away with it. Shameful.

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