Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Poor, poor pitiful Tony

With the 'top kill' having failed, the only short term solution to deal with the oil spill a maneuver that might make the oil spill worse, and somewhere between a shit ton of oil and all the oil of earth spilling into the Gulf, some of us might have decided to naively focus our sympathy and pity onto the animals, ecosystem, environment, economy, or people of the Gulf Coast. That's natural, seeing as they're the ones who are being affected most by this catastrophe.

But perhaps we should show a little more concern for a certain group of individuals who don't seem to be getting the sympathy they deserve; forced to live each day with this country not even offering up as much as a "How are you doing personally, you poor, poor men?" I am of course talking about BP executives. Specifically BP CEO Tony Hayward.
As Mr. Hayward said to fellow executives in his London office recently, “What the hell did we do to deserve this?”
Was it the lax safety guidelines? The prioritizing profit over safety thing? Lobbying for for less oversight? Prioritizing money over the lives of your rig workers? Prioritizing money over the environment? Prioritizing money and PR over telling people the truth about what's going on? General incompetent leadership at the top and a decades of poor decisions all leading inexorably to something like this? Am I getting warm? I wonder if Hayward ever asked if he deserved his multi-million dollar salary?

Let's ignore that and move on to the pity parade.
"We're sorry for the massive disruption it's caused their lives. There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back."
Aww. Poor Tony. I can't believe a little thing like a massive oil spill his company caused that is completely ruining the Gulf Coast is monopolizing all of his time and causing him some negative publicity. Let's all take a moment out of our lives to feel bad for him.

So come on. Sure, take your time to feel for the oil soaked animals, the residents or the fishermen who have had their lives ruined by BP. But let's not forget who the real victims are here: executives who are taking a PR beating and having to pull extra hours at the office just because they oversaw the greatest environmental disaster in world history. Aren't they the ones who are suffering the most? I don't want to even think about any beach houses they might have had that are losing property values as week speak. It's just... too soon.

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