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BP Oil Spill Makes Good PR for Hollywood's Costner and Cameron, Bad for BP's Hayward, Obama

by Anne Thompson
June 19, 2010 9:38 AM
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The BP Gulf oil spill is playing better for Hollywood players James Cameron and Kevin Costner, who seem to be genuinely helpful, than hapless BP oil exec Tony Hayward or President Obama, who lacks the gravitas to act like the Daddy-in-charge. (Some pundits say that Obama is a better communicator than he is an actor--which is not always a good thing.)

Hayward is becoming the man Americans love to hate. I've never seen someone with such a bullseye on him. He seems remarkably dim-witted about putting his best PR foot forward, as he not only famously expressed wanting "his life back," but after a day of incommunicative "I don't know" Capitol Hill testimony, he attended a weekend yacht match. Talk about fiddling while Rome burns. Idiot move.

Meanwhile a Hollywood film critic gives as smart an assessment of the oil crisis as anyone. All hail Roger Ebert.


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