They've caused more than their fair share of headaches for soccer fans during the World Cup, but soon vuvuzela will be ringing in the ears of BP execs in London too. A monotonous symphony of sorts 100 members strong is being gathered for what's sure to be an annoying performance just outside the oil giant's international headquarters -- you know, to mess with them a bit. After all, a little noise pollution is nothing compared to all the oil that's leaked into the Gulf of Mexico.
According to The National Business Review, the anti-melodic vuvuzela chorus is being planned by Adam Quirk, an American who had the idea to ruffle the feathers of BP's top brass, employees of a company responsible for causing the largest oil spill ever to strike the Gulf of Mexico.
Quirk has even set up a Web site devoted to his plan as a way to drum up support and justify the, er, 'performance'.
BP is not feeling the pain they are causing in the Gulf. BP is spending millions on PR. In order to put a bit of public pressure on them, we plan to buy 100 vuvuzelas and hire 100 vuvuzela players off Craigslist to play in front of BP's International Headquarters in London for a one-day flash mob...
I know this isn't going to change anything, but it will draw attention back to BP after the invevitable 24hr news cycle finds some celebrity sex scandal to distract us with.
Judging from the response the campaign has garnered, there's plenty of vuvuzela-vigor among environmental activists. Quirk's hopes of collecting $2000 to fund his project, half of which was to go to the Gulf Disaster Fund, has been far exceeded. To date, over $4000 has been donated.
"We're going to be able to donate thousands of dollars to the Gulf Disaster Fund, and exact a bit of revenge on one of the companies that caused this destruction," writes Quirk.
A date has yet to be announced for when the vuvuzela players will gather to play for BP, but I suspect that if you're anywhere in the London metropolitan area when it begins, you'll know it.