Exxon Hates Free Speech
from the and-probably-the-streisand-effect-too dept
The letter is somewhat amusingly serious in its response to obviously ridiculous statements that no one could possibly take seriously.
“Here at Exxon we hate your children.” – Factually incorrect and cannot be substantiated.Also could be written "Here at Exxon we don't understand satire." No one looks at that ad and thinks that it's a legitimate ad supporting Exxon. No one looks at that ad and says "oh yeah, Exxon hates children, now it's official!"
Exxon then goes on for seven whole paragraphs giving explanations for why they really don't hate your children. Seriously. Seven paragraphs. Because they think someone out there really thought that the ad was telling the truth? And, of course, all this silly censorship campaign has created is a hell of a lot more (global and domestic) interest into what's effectively a story that's mostly dead on arrival for most publications. But now that it's a story about censorship, it's already getting more press attention and views on the campaign... making sure a lot more people see this fake ad about Exxon hating children.