Parody oil spill T-shirt


The makers of Demotivators created a classy T-shirt to commemorate the hard work of everybody's favorite oil company.

(Via Dave Lawrence)


  1. Glad everyone’s having a good laugh! It’s also silly when those oil covered birds and aquatic life wash up on the shores, they can’t even stand up most of the time! LOL!


    /I live in FL.

  2. Eleven workers died in what was a horrific accident. Nobody wanted the oil spill. This shirt seems to be in poor taste.

    1. Nobody wanted it as such, but some people didn’t not want it enough to take adequate steps to prevent it. They’re the ones this shirt is aimed at.

    2. BP being more concerned with profits than the lives of those workers and the ecosystem of the gulf was in poor taste. Don’t blame the messenger.

    3. Satire has historically proven its worth in bringing about change. Should we pretend that nothing happened? Or think that everybody is going to wear mourning clothes?

      1. > Satire has historically proven its worth in bringing about change.

        can you provide examples of satire bring change in history?

        Just thinking out loud on what satire actually accomplishes …

        When a person sees this shirt, he/she can either
        1) know about the spill and understand this is satire
        2) not know about the spill and do not understand this as satire

        The shirt will have no affect on the number 2 crowd as it doesn’t educate about the spill.

        For the number 1 crowd, they already know there’s a spill and they are either …
        (A) taking /or will take action or (B) will not do anything.

        Are you’re suggesting that there is someone who already knows about the spill and who has not done anything about it and who will not take action until they see this satire?

        I’m not so sure that people are motivated by satire. I think greed , fear, envy , anger are better motivators.

        1. I think greed , fear, envy , anger are better motivators.

          Well, there’s your mistake. this is a demotivator.


    4. “Nobody wanted the oil spill”

      BP sure acted like it by seemingly regarding numerous government fines for labor infractions as the cost of doing business and never rectifying the situation. They pay out good money to greenwash themselves and look like they care about the environment while failing to take very simple precautions that could have prevented this event, or at least mitigated it. I think this shirt is a tiny, itsy, bitsy, first step in the public shaming BP deserves.

  3. how about they donate some of the T-shirt sales to cleaning up the spill? Or are the just another T-shirt business trying to make a buck?

    1. Why? BP is paying for every cent of the damage. I wouldn’t dream of relieving them of the burden.

  4. @ Phikus:
    No, of course not. Pointing and laughing at BP is about the best and only response at this point.

    Note that pointing and laughing at BP is NOT the same as pointing and laughing at any of their victims, be it the 11 killed, or the wildlife, or the fisherman, or &c.

    Humour. It’s a tough concept. Also; tragedy + distance (spatial or temporal) = comedy, which is probably a better explanation why #1, for example, isn’t too impressed.

  5. oil company apologists pretending to be offended by this? double win. buying one now!

  6. “When a person sees this shirt, he/she can either
    1) know about the spill and understand this is satire
    2) not know about the spill and do not understand this as satire

    The shirt will have no affect on the number 2 crowd as it doesn’t educate about the spill.”

    Think of it as camouflage.

  7. Funny, considering BP has leased the Deepwater Horizon from Transocean. Not to mention a lot of valves and other faulty parts were parts from other companies. A lot of finger pointing should ensue, but BP seems like a nice foreign scapegoat.

  8. I think it’s hilarious. “Bad taste?” You don’t really get humor, do you?

  9. A mere t shirt ? How about getting offended about the laughable safety standards in the oil industry in the US

    Profits in the billions but they can’t afford technology to shut off a well or stop rigs collapsing.

  10. Hey! I’m not pro-big corporations, but sensible attribution of blame is useful! The US is busy demonising BP when it was American companies actually doing the work for BP!

    Keep your pistols in your holsters, cowboys. It’s like a group of Sarah Palin transvestites here.

    Let’s be clear about the factors here. BP is taking responsibility, and the spill sucks, but they hired in people who screwed up – American firms!

    How about Halliburton? They built the cement base.

    Transocean – a Louisiana company! They were drilling the well – Tony Hayward of BP says “This was not our drilling rig, it was not our equipment, it was not our people, our systems or our processes. This was Transocean’s rig, their systems, their people, their equipment.”

    The fuck-up was hired in by BP, and they’re covering it, but the damage was done by others – and you betcha, BP will be recovering cash.

    1. BP’s responsibility is not diffused. They may be able to get some cash from Halliburton and other subcontractors, but at the end of the day, if Halliburton folds up and declares bankruptcy (whether or not they will is another story) BP’s still on the hook for the total cost. As are they for fines incurred. BP is also responsible for whatever demands or allowances were made for the rig. If BP didn’t want to pay for an emergency shut-off valve, then Halliburton wasn’t going to use one, and IANAL but the extent of BP’s liability goes hand in hand with how much they managed the site. (Of course they’re going to pretend they were completely hands-off in front of the cameras and in court.)

      Never mind the fact that the exact cause of the blast remains the subject of investigation. Remember that the exact cause of the Challenger shuttle disaster was a faulty O-ring, but at the end of the day it was NASA’s poor management and a the lack of collaboration between departments that made the O-ring possible in the first place.

      BP has an established record of doing things that bring down fines about its head. If this is a demonstrated pattern of behavior, the question isn’t, “How much is the contractor responsible for?” It’s, “If fines don’t work, how do we make sure this doesn’t happen again?”

    2. actually, any of us with cars in our driveways are responsible for this one.

      BP just gives us a target OTHER than our own selves to aim at.

  11. Man, who is BP’s PR agency? They got coverage.

    At the end of the day, BP owns the oil. I could give a crap about casings or BOPs or cementing or any of that.

    Who’s oil is it? That’s the only question I care about. Cuz it’s the oil that’s all over the place.

  12. I guess is very important to BP, EH.

    To the tune of “who I’m going to sue”.

    Of course they have to clean up this mess and pay for it, but if the problem can be identified and the culprit is somebody else (sold shoddy materials, didnt follow procedures, whatever), you bet that they are going to sue them for all the money.

  13. Let’s just be clear – the people actually doing the drilling are the ones who screwed up. BP screwed up by hiring dorks.

    So yes – BP is responsible, but didn’t cause the accident. And its very hard for me to believe BP wouldn’t have had extreme measures in place for making sure this went well, especially given the recent movement of sentiment towards allowing offshore drilling. Which, inevitably, has now evaporated.

    I’m irked by Obama’s finger-pointing. He knows perfectly well BP is going to sue the synapses out of whatever companies were under contract to them.

    And in the end – oil sucks. Go Hydrogen! Go Fusion!

    1. “BP screwed up by hiring dorks.”

      No, BP hired greedy, incompetent fucktards because they, being greed fucktards themselves, didn’t care how they got the oil, so long as they got the oil. Don’t disparage dorks everywhere by lumping their goofy asses in with the maliciously incompetent. They’re leagues apart.

      1. So I take it you don’t drive a car? Because if in the world of oil you can find any company that isn’t a greedy fucktard, I’ll mail you my hat.

        And your statement lacks authenticity in the face of a set of executives who are only too aware of the impact of a fuck-up, and were before the whole thing went pear-shaped. In that environment, you don’t hire incompetent fucktards.

        My point is that although BP chose to drill the field, and hired the people to do it, the companies actually doing the work caused the failure, not BP itself – and no, I don’t separate BP’s responsibility from the events, but I do distill out the causative influences that resulted in the tragedy.

        And those influences were created by the companies BP hired.

        Whether they’re hands off in front of cameras or court isn’t material – the court will judge their degree of responsibility.

        We make sure this doesn’t happen again by being more efficient with energy and switching to better sources.

        And to my mind, dorks suck. They screw things up. I don’t want dorks running my hydrogen economy, thanks very much.

        1. I don’t think this word means what you think it means. Unless, of course, you’re over 60 years old and believe the archaic meaning is the current consensus. That was my point.

          BP’s record speaks for itself.

  14. “can you provide examples of satire bring change in history?”

    Well, I’ve heard that South Park’s mockery of George Lucas revamping the old Star Wars stopped him from giving Indiana Jones the same treatment.

    Small example, but an example nonetheless.

  15. The more I read about the latest ideas in marketing, the more I realize that a shirt like this, which I once would have loved, is simply another ad for BP.

    Marketers are now just as happy with this kind of satirical usage of their logos as they are with traditional ones- more so, because this t-shirt might actually be worn by a cool person, where a straight BP t-shirt would be worn by virtually no one.

    For the vast majority of people who see this shirt on another person, it will simply be another quick logo hit to their brain. It will make them more and not less likely to pull into a BP station next time.

  16. It’s easy to blame BP and major corporations for this but our inability to account for humanity’s fallibility is also to blame. Oil spills like this, and other man-made disasters, are our destiny. Humans are biologically too fallible for these kind of large tools not to go without accident or failure. Until we can construct tools that are flexible and small enough to allow for human error this will continue to happen again, and again, and again.

  17. The 1) or 2) argument over the t-shirt is absurd.

    The t-shirt STARTS conversation about how BP screwed up . . . JUST LIKE IT’S DOING IN THIS THREAD.

    It will do so at family gatherings, work, and bars. So yes, it has a point.

    1. @ Another Aaron

      > The 1) or 2) argument over the t-shirt is absurd.
      > The t-shirt STARTS conversation about how BP screwed up > . . . JUST LIKE IT’S DOING IN THIS THREAD.
      > It will do so at family gatherings, work, and bars.
      > So yes, it has a point.

      Judging by the conversations, it’s probably not “absurd” to presume all commentators on this thread already know about the spill. So if you’re suggesting that people would not have talked about the spill if they have not seen this t-shirt, then I guess I stand corrected.

      Again, I’m not disputing there’s value in satire, but I don’t know how much it motivates people (as claimed by Antinuos). Satire channels anger to cynicism.
      I too watch the daily show and colbert report and laugh, but at the end , you become more desensitize, jaded, and cynical about the problems of society. At least those shows educated , but t-shirts like these are just inside jokes – could we not over exaggerate their importance?

  18. I think BP is doing the best they can with a horrible, horrible, horrible situation.

    The real enemies are these yobbos:

  19. when I worked for Halliburton in WY, they said ‘don’t leave anything at a well site!’ Forget the ‘less than a gallon’ stuff – clean it all up!
    And their customers (Exxon, BP) said if our names are associated with bad news IN ANY WAY (spills, accidents) and it is YOUR fault, consider the contract voided. The second word in Exxon is “Valdez’ and they want no more of that. Betcha BP goes on war path soon over this.

  20. That’s a great T-shirt.

    One better,

    We’re bringing American oil to American shores.”

  21. The rig belongs to Transocean, the world’s biggest offshore drilling contractor. The rig was originally contracted through the year 2013 to BP and was working on BP’s Macondo exploration well when the fire broke out.

    The rig had apparently just finished cementing steel casing in place at depths exceeding 18,000 ft. The next operation was to suspend the well so that the rig could move to its next drilling location, the idea being that a rig would return to this well later in order to complete the work necessary to bring the well into production.

    It is thought that somehow formation fluids – oil /gas – got into the wellbore and were undetected until it was too late to take action. With a floating drilling rig setup, because it moves with the waves, currents, and winds, all of the main pressure control equipment sits on the seabed – the uppermost unmoving point in the well. This pressure control equipment – the Blowout Preventers, or ‘BOP’s” as they’re called, are controlled with redundant systems from the rig. In the event of a serious emergency, there are multiple Panic Buttons to hit, and even fail-safe Deadman systems that should be automatically engaged when something of this proportion breaks out. None of them were aparently activated, suggesting that the blowout was especially swift to escalate at the surface.

  22. I agree this has and will continue to be a horrific episode in our history. I also agree they should donate at least some of the proceeds to the cleanup. However, there is also the benefit that will get people that would otherwise ignore “the tree huggers” to realize this is a bad deal for everyone…especially since their vacation spots are going to be contaminated and they won’t be getting that cheap seafood anymore. Wake up, America. Off shore drilling is bad news for everyone! I hope this t-shirt wakes America up to the deal we are being sold here.

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