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May 25, 2010

BP CEO Hayward Trying not to Step in it

<span style="font-size: x-small;">John Moore/Getty Images</span>
John Moore/Getty Images

Getty photographer John Moore, a favorite here at BN, scores the photo of the day, if not the week, or month — as far as guilty corporate portraiture goes.

Although there are various elements in the photo worth discussing, which I hope BAGreaders will, the most revealing element here, considering Mr. Hayward’s over-the-top “I feel your pain” PR exercise yesterday, is: at all cost, do whatever you can to keep from getting any of the sh*t on yourself.

(caption: BP CEO Tony Hayward’s (C) shoes are checked for oil after he walked an oil-stained beach on May 24, 2010 at Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Hayward said that BP is doing everything possible to clean up the massive oil spill still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Officials now say, however, that it may be impossible to clean the hundreds of miles of coastal wetlands and islands affected.)

  • Rogue Gnostic

    The thought of the oil that’ll be washing up on Britain’s shores in three months – The Tar Cliffs of Dover – doesn’t satisfy the urge to bury the bastard’s face in it.

  • bystander

    I’m taken by the apparent number of people examining the bottom of Hayward’s shoe to make sure that no sh*t has stuck to them, the physical support Hayward’s receiving to effect that goal, and the beefy representative of the state making sure that no one interferes with the removal of any sh*t. This photo is, metaphorically, pitch perfect.

  • http://bagnews.com/staff/#mshaw Michael Shaw

    Bystander,

    I’m really glad you picked up on the lawman. It’s a powerful element. My take has to do with how much BP is both riding on, and leveraging the authority of the state.

    I also love the view of the camera far left. It’s a show, it’s a show, it’s a show.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6H54FMOCPMWQA6QBGJGWBXBTGM Tommy Nguyen

    I’m taken by the apparent number of people examining the bottom of Hayward’s shoe to make sure that no sh*t has stuck to them, the physical support Hayward’s receiving to effect that goal, and the beefy representative of the state making sure that no one interferes with the removal of any sh*t. This photo is, metaphorically, pitch perfect.
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