Fake Twitter Account Pokes Fun at BP

With the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico remaining prominent in the news, it’s not a surprise that the BPGlobalPR Twitter account had amassed more than 19,000 followers as of the time of this post.

However, one minor issue remains: BP has absolutely nothing to do with the account, which is actually a quite humorous parody, AdAge.com reported, adding that the embattled oil company has yet to contact the microblogging service to demand the deletion of @bpglobalpr.

BP spokesman Tony Odone told AdAge.com:

I’m not aware of whether BP has made any calls to have it taken down or addressed. People are entitled to their views on what we’re doing, and we have to live with those. We are doing the best we can to deal with the current situation and to try to stop the oil from flowing and to then clean it up.

We’re looking at it and it seems to have a different logo on it now. People are frustrated at what’s happening, as are we, and that’s just their way of expressing it.

Among the more amusing Tweets from the rogue parody account:

May 19, 1:38 p.m.: Think about it this way, the ocean is like rootbeer and oil is like ice cream. We just made America a giant rootbeer float!

May 19, 3:18 p.m.: If we can make it so the ocean can be set on fire, doesn’t that make us like the David Copperfield of oil?

May 22, 6:09 p.m.: Thousands of people are attacked by sea creatures every year. We at BP are dedicated to bringing that number down. You’re welcome!

May 23, 4:11 p.m.: 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.

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.