Exxon-Mobil Australia does their best to win a “Tone-Deaf Tweet of the Year” award
In the middle of unprecedented bushfires, a wave that’s a direct result of global warming, which have been casting blood-red skies over major cities, destroying homes, taking people’s lives, and killed huge numbers of wildlife, including up to 30% of the koala population in New South Wales… Exxon-Mobil decided to tweet this:
Stay safe and have fun this new year, from all of us at ExxonMobil Australia.
— ExxonMobil Australia (@exxonmobil_aus) December 31, 2019
Seriously… the country is on fire a result of climate change from CO2 emissions, and you, who’ve been aware for half a century that your product would cause this future, yet spent the time up to now funding climate-denialism think tanks, thought now would be a good time to tell people to “have fun this new year”?
The responses have been racking up:
What an amazing tweet. Here's a postcard to help get the word out. pic.twitter.com/cX94hsJwve
— Aspiration (@Aspiration) January 2, 2020
And a happy, tax-free, science-denying, reef-bleaching, forest-burning, drought-causing, democracy-corrupting new year to you too! 😀
— EconoGarry (@EconoGarry) January 2, 2020
— AdelH (@AdelH54) January 1, 2020
Wow out of touch much?
Credit to original post pic.twitter.com/wq5ilH4pVJ
— I need more spoons!😷↔️🧼 💉💉💉 (@ForgotBeauty) January 1, 2020
You don't have to do this. Seriously, you, yes you the person who wrote this tweet. You don't have to be an accomplice to this shameful company at this important moment in history. You are capable of so much better.
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) January 2, 2020
$0 tax on $40B revenue, must have been a very good Xmas party.. will you be contributing to the downstream victims from the pollution of your products? pic.twitter.com/JVr9jpxwVa
— 🇦🇺💪🏻Purge the Petrostates🏭🌏🔥🐨 ❤️🇺🇦 (@CntrlPimpernel) January 1, 2020
Happy New Year to you too. pic.twitter.com/dv8MFLyej3
— Toms Dad (@chromecastings) January 1, 2020
Safe??… FUN?? You say this as people are dying and fearing for their lives? Half a billion animals died due to the bushfires in Australia. So far! Still a lot more horror to come. Blood is on your hands. #Exxonknew
— Emily Cunningham (@emahlee) January 2, 2020
Who approved this tweet because sweet baby Jesus they need to go back to comms school.
— Cate OooooOOoOOooOooowen 👻 (@CateOwen) January 2, 2020
Australia is on fire you absolute ghouls! You knew about the dangers of climate change from fossil fuels since the 1970s!
— SpookyFoon🎃💀😈 (@mickeyfoon) January 2, 2020
I'm a fairly old fairly worldly fella. Not too much really stuns me anymore. But WOW!!! If there was an academy award for worst tweet of the year … well, let's just say there wouldn't be any suspense while they are opening the envelope.
— dan m (@dan_secret_ops) January 2, 2020
Go to Hell.
You’ll know it when you see it, it looks like a lot of Australia right now.
— 👻 Alex Horrordy 👻 (@alexhardy) January 2, 2020
At the time of writing, the post had racked up over 1000 responses like this and hundreds of retweets.
Amazingly tone deaf.