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The guy behind the BP fake Twitter account doesn’t like to be challenged

First off–I don’t normally allow bad language on my blog. I figure it is my home and I can make the rules. But I’m allowing an exception here. (By the way, Crisisblogger is in the middle of being moved, you’re on the new site and these comments came to a post on my old site. I’ll get it figured out yet.) The exception to the bad language rule is because this interchange provides an insight into the “holier-than-thou” attitude of some corporate critics in the blog world.

On September 14, following the ABC News story revealing the identity of the LA-area comic who humorously posed as The “BP GlobalPR” department with a twitter account by that name, I blogged about it noting that with Josh Simpson’s new found celebrity, it was certain to spawn a host of Josh Simpson wanna-bes. That means any crisis will have dozens of fake twitter accounts. I also commented on Mr. Simpson’s new career of launching a GlobalPR.Here’s what I said:

He’s going to start a GlobalPR twitter account that is aimed at corporations who act irresponsibly. I wonder if his definition of irresponsibility might include posing as someone he is not? Oh dear, that is getting too serious for fake Twitter fans. Still, might be interesting to see a twitter account targeting comedians who act irresponsibly. Just a thought.

Obviously, Mr. Simpson did not take kindly to the suggestion that those who set up fake twitter accounts to attack and undermine someone might not be operating with full integrity. Here was his comment on my post:

He’s going to start a GlobalPR twitter account that is aimed at corporations who act irresponsibly. I wonder if his definition of irresponsibility might include posing as someone he is not? Oh dear, that is getting too serious for fake Twitter fans. Still, might be interesting to see a twitter account targeting comedians who act irresponsibly. Just a thought.

Irresponsible comedians? I kept my identity a secret because I wanted to keep the focus on bp and their wrongdoing. Congrats to you sir, you are a beacon for the backwards thinking that got bp into this mess. Forget your brand, forget saving face and do something of substance. This wasn’t some lesson on using PR in social media, this was about the banality of PR efforts in time of a real crisis. Fuck your career, fuck money, work for people and companies that don’t make you compromise your conscience, if it still remains.

Sincerely,
Josh Simpson
The “Irresponsible Comedian” who used his platform to raise $20k for the Gulf Restoration Network.

P.S. – You are a pickledick.

As a newly crowned “pickledick” I would like to say to anyone who operates in the social media atmosphere–if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Mr. Simpson spent months making fun of people in a company, but seems a little sensitive to questions about his own integrity. As to being called names for making such rude suggestions to Mr. Simpson, the heat in the kitchen feels just fine to me.