Korn and the Backstreet Boys lead the way by turning their summer tours into BP-free odysseys, and a slew of musicians have followed suit.
Lady Gaga, Creed, Godsmack, Disturbed, Rise Against, Slightly Stoopid, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Black Label Society with Zakk Wylde, Anthrax, Filter, Hellyeah and Flogging Molly are all bypassing BP fuel for other options, according to a statement.
Early estimates show about 100 buses, vehicles and trucks belonging to committed musicians are involved in the boycott.
Kevin Lyman, tour director for the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival which is another tour boycotting BP fuel, said in the statement, "We have so many friends that are now affected by this spill that unless BP spends whatever is needed their livelihoods are lost forever....we are encouraging everyone we deal with to find alternative ways to get down the road this summer."
Funny they all FLY PRIVATE, who's the hipocrite now
...but they're still touring in gas powered vehicles, or not? A real statement (and not just a PR statement) would be to travel with vehicles powered by something other than gas, ie. electric or at least hybrid vehicles.
I do believe BP is not the only one to be blamed. There are hundreds of people involved in the oil business, including government, including regular people like us. We are the one who demand for more oil to provide ourselves with all the luxury we have. Nobody (including the CEO) would want this to happen. I think instead of pointing fingers, these supposedly talented artists should raise money to help those in needs. The thing about some artists, they say they care and make a big deal out of it – but do they really care? Some artists scream they care, but did they actually do anything?
Why don't they send a message to the president to halt the Jones Act and allow international vessels to help clean up this mess. Something proactive.
If Lady Gaga boycotts BP I better do the same. She is such a prolific artist and is so intelligent. We will follow her like lemmings. Am I being sarcastic, you bet. These artists still fly their private jets using fuel from BP (odds are it has happened). What a joke. Look, BP did a terrible thing and I blame them 100% for the spill. But these musicians are a joke and who really cares what they think.
People who say bypassing stations only hurts the locals who own the stations apparently don't understand that BP has an OBLIGATION to help ALL those people whose lives its ruined this year - not only the Gulf Coast residents, but also the lives of those who have stood by it as franchise owners. BP screwed them by acting recklessly, and it's BP's duty to make sure they survive the crisis the company has created - it's not ours. Damned if I'm giving BP a penny.
No wonder that Gaga thing always wears those absurd masks, Man, the woman is ugly !!!
She looks like a gigantic nose on a tiny body, next to that enormous monstrosity called a nose, there are two of the worlds ugliest, emptiest and soulless eyes.
Nâh, This thing can't turn me on...
By boycotting BP gas stations, you're not hurting BP, just the local owners and their employees. Real smart.
Someone should ban Lady Gaga. With BP it's crap in the water. With Lady Gaga it's crap on the airwaves
Great, more celebrities proving they have no idea whatsoever of how the industry works. Even if the boycott caused all the local BP stations to be sitting on more fuel than normal and not needing to order more from BP (which hurts the local owners first), here's what happens. BP sits on a excess of refined fuel. Meanwhile, all the other companies out there are seeing increased demand because the customers boycotting BP stations are going there. They need more fuel to supply their stations with. BP just happens to be sitting on excess reserves. Who do these genius celebrities think the other companies or going to buy the extra supply from to keep up with demand? So in the end, the boycott which you're helping to run hurts only one group of people. Local station owners. People who are your fans, and who had absolutely nothing to do with the spill.
Well said! I actually feel sorry for the BP station owners in all this mess. I really wish people would just understand that boycotting a group of gas stations is not going to affect BP what so ever. Even if it would make a major impact to BP how would they be able to pay for the clean up then? People need to think through their actions.
Plenty of other companies out there drilling for oil. Doesn't matter where it comes from. Oil is oil. What happens if Shell or Caltex or who ever has a similar disaster? How many semi trailers are involved in hauling these artists gear around?
Rise Against is the only band on that list that I'd believe is protesting for anything other than fame.
Heavy Metal Rock band OTEP has also joined this boycott. They are touring now over 10 weeks and thousands of miles.
Not sure why everyone's knee-jerk reaction seems to be to accuse these people of only seeking publicity. If an individual boycotts something and tells some people they are, are they doing it only for publicity? No, more often than not it's because they believe in the boycott. And if it leads to others doing the same.. isn't that a good thing?
Gaga's nose is just H U G E....it's like a small horn.
Boycotts can be a strong pulic statement. However, these gas stations are often owned and operated by people in the local community who have nothing to do with the oil spill and now are victims of such overtly bandwagon sentiment. It's unfortunate that the public can't boycott BP in a more direct way that spares others.
Boycotting BP just hurts other people....don't you think enough people have already been hurt? Also, why not boycott the U.S. government? They had a share in this mess by not requiring remote shut off valves like other countries have. The U.S. gave into the oil companies because the oil companies didn't want to spend $$ to install the remote shut off valves.
How about we boycott Lady GaGa & her disgusting antics at the Yankee game
What would we do without these hero's to lead us?
Well, I guess we could actually let BP spend the money to clean the mess instead of boycotting them, costing the company the money we actually need from them to fix the problem.
Wow – two months into the spill and they now decide to take a stance. Not one of them are even smart enough to even realize that the only people they are hurting are the american business men/women who fullfilled the american dream buy ownign their own businesses, and every clerk that needs a job. Hurt those that are already hurting.......what a solution these idiots came up with. Another reason celebrities need to stay out of politics.
how exactly are they boycotting BP directly? by not buying gas from BP gas stations? that only hurts the owner of the station. as has been pointed out elsewhere, oil is a commodity. once it's taken out of the ground, it's mixed in with the oil dug out by exxon, shell, chevron, et al and sold on the commodities market in one big blob. it's all refined together and sold in abig glob, so that BP station owner is selling gas made from oil from BP and a whole bunch of other companies, and so is the guy who's selling "chevron" gas. same thing with all the millions of products made from oil and oil by products. the only alternative is to support alternative methods of providing energy and cutting the cord to oil. what we should all be doing is telling the president, congress and business to grow some stones, make some tough choices and support/develop alternative energy now.
I suppose I see things a bit differently, and I think a lot of these comments are missing the point: these musicians have the ability to reach millions of fans and followers with their message. Sure, the BP problem is much deeper and wider than gas stations, and BP reaches into the dark corners of just about every facet of our lives. But honestly, how many people do you know are aware of this impact in their daily lives – that BPs products are not just gasoline? Until these tours are underway and we've had a chance to hear the message these bands are sending, why not give them a chance? At least they're doing something, and that's a start – even if you don't personally agree with who's doing it. And one more note to you critics: what have YOU done lately to educate and inform others about these issues? What kind of reach do you have? How much time and attention did you devote to, say, working to ban offshore drilling, protecting the oceans, etc. before the BP spill happened?
Isabella, I agree with you.
The point isnt that they are boycotting gas stations. It's boycotting BP in general for their major screw up. And these bands do have a lot of impact on millions of people over the course of a tour, therefore spreading the word about BP. These bands as well as many others, celebrities included, usually have concerts for AIDS, Cancer, Alternative Fuels, Peace, Poverty, etc etc. with proceeds going towards these causes. So think again before calling them stupid. What have you done to help?
It would be more effective for the musicians to stop producing compact disks... COMPACT DISKS ARE MADE OF PLASTIC!! And plastic is a PETROLEUM-BASED product.
I guess no body blogging on this board in smart enough to challenging my remarks.
Youre remarks were neither challenging or intelligent, just more of the same old crapola people dole out on these blogs everyday. Get over yourself botard.
And this boycott is to work how? Any venue that you play must be BP free or you will refuse to honor your obligations? BP is one of the largest companies and they don't just provide fuel so it is unlikely that you will find a venue that doesn't have some link to them, even though it may be a very distant link. I guess they will have to get rid of the plastic towel dispensers in the restrooms, petro products... maybe BP's. Oh and don't forget to perform for free. How many credit cards are used to pay for the overpriced tickets to your overhyped shows? The material used to make those cards... petro product.
We'lll see how long the boycott lasts when these "acts" are traveling to their various state fair gigs this summer and the only fuel available is th BP station in BumFuk, Idaho.
Celebraties really need to stick to entertaining us.. keep your beliefs to yourselves. Sheesh, and yes, please boycott BP... morons.. How do you expect them to continue to be able to pay for this mistake if they have no money coming in? I realize that this is a disaster, but think about it... do you really think the CEO wanted this to happen? Do you think thay he intentionally hired meth heads to work the rig?? Do you think that man is sleeping well at night?? Just go back to blaming Bush for everything and try to avoid drowning in the shower. Thanks.
I wish their whole family (Lohan) would just GO AWAY !! and WHY do paparazzi hound them for pictures it's like throwing gas on a fire. if the public would ignore them they would wither away, Lohan's thrive on attention.
where is all the big stars now to help with BP spill (oprah goes to another country to ease her guilt over making
way to much money and builds and supports a school in africe.) The kids in the US are starving, look at the
homeless people. only by the grace of god to they have their wonderful jobs. jolie and pitt travel around the world
and fake goodness, who couldn't do that when they have more money than they know what to do with.
every star needs to devote the money to the US not other countries, if monies are left over, send it
to me, i could quit my real job 8-5. then i could get a fake job like all the stars and sports players. where
is tiger in all this.
Here is an idea for these eco-aware acts. Try leaving the diesel belching tour buses at home and drive a rice burner instead. Of course that won't happen because getting groupies in the back of a Honda Civic is not all that comfortable, or primping yourself using the rear view mirror is not up to the standards of these vain and selfish people. This is all another publicity stunt by these clueless people in their attempts to connect with the "small people".
People are stupid Al. Crude oil is traded to various oil companies, gasoline shipped out of a refinery is all pushed together through pipelines. Once the gas is forwarded to a specific terminal, then it becomes that companies gasoline when pumped into a truck with the additive added, at the terminal.
BP will make money regardless of a gasoline sale which is their lowest margin anyway. So these stars who know NOTHING about oil & gas should just stop their tours. Their jet fuel, bus fuel, etc. and equipment is made from petroleum, probably from BP anyway.
You guys may think you can sing, however, you are not very intelligent.
People are so stupid. BP got out of the gas station buisness in 2005 because it wasn't cost effective. All the BP gas stations are privately owned and operated. What these people are doing is hurting the small buisness owners and the economy.
I find these discussions of boycotting BP fuel rather funny and it shows how little people know about where the gasoline, even at their local stations come from. The gas at a BP service station does not necessarily come from a BP refinery nor did it come from BP oil. Gasoline for all stations comes from numerous refineries and is stored at terminals for local distribution. The gas trucks for all of the retailers pick up gas at the same terminals, whether it be Exxon, Shell, Hess, Maraton, Crown, Vallero, BP or any other retailer. Some brands have certain additives mixed with their gas at the time they pick it up at the terminals to make it their proprietary blend (ie., Chevron with Techron); but the underlying gas is the same. So when people bypass BP fuel, they should know that the BP refinery division is still selling as much gas as it did before, people are just buying it at a different station. The only people who are getting hurt are the owners of the BP filling stations, people who had nothing to do with the spill in the gulf, and are as powerless to fix the problem as the rest of us.
Hmm, yeah, let's put BP out of business so that it has to file for bankruptcy. Then it won't have to pay ANY of the damage claims. Great idea.
it only effects the retailers who sell bp branded gasoline who had nothing to do with offshore drilling. these artsit are stupid. i know lets bankrupt bp that'll help the cleanup and your friends on the gulf. i say only buy bp gasoline right now to help with the cleanup. when its all done then you can boycott.
If only these musicians were educated enough to know that merely boycotting a BP gas station doesn't actually impact BP in any meaningful way. Gas from a Shell, Chevron, Mobil, or even Costco station could very easily be oil that is bought from BP and sold under another name. How do they and others not understand this yet??
I don't know how effective boycotts are. I mean, if there is enough of a boycott to make a difference in BP's profits and they have to cut costs by letting people go, it is not the CEO or any of the suits who will get fired, it is the everyday, average people who work for the company who had nothing to do with the oil spill and who desperately need their jobs!
if you boycott bp how are they supposed to have money to cover this $%^t? Obviously you need the $$bang $$bang to deal with this massive piece of #$%T
FINALLY Some here who gets it!
great now i can go down the list of which musicians i will be boycotting......do they realize how many other persons
they will be hurting..........these people think that just because they are muscians or actors they actually have
all the answers............that is way i don't support them at the movies or on their music......
So we should support BP because they own people?
Add the: http://www.eclecticbeastband.com to the list....Thank You
BP should pay all legitimate claims directly resulting from the oil spill. But suppose this boycott worked? What's next? If BP were to go bankrupt, who would pay for the cleanup? Korn, Backstreet Boys and the others? I doubt it. I want BP to make lots more money, so they can continue to pay for the cleanup and everything else related to restoring the Gulf of Mexico and or shorelines to the same condition it was in before this leak. This is going to take years. Maybe decades.
Are these celebrities going to boycott the US company CAMERON that built the flawed and eventually failed drilling cap. Oh also Haliburton. Are they going after them to???
I apologize for the earlier message as I am not affiliated with BP and I apologize that my previous message resonated the sentiment that BP is above all of the problems created by such a tragic disaster. My message, however, was merely to note that people (including celebrities) do not really realize how far petro is built into the fabric of all things we need in today's society. Everything we do, use and need in today's world has some form of petro in it. I applaud those that blame BP for this mess, as I do myself.
I totally agree with your position that BP should fulfill their duties of making the areas effected whole again and then some for putting everyone through such an ordeal. It is however, naive to believe we can somehow take down BP if we all just gather together and take a stand. Petro really has changed the way we do everything...it would take all of us to fundamentally change our way of life in order to take big petro down. I wish we all could, but this is going to take some time and a real commitment frome everyone and for now BP will the scapegoat for our own faults in relying on the products and life that petro has produced.
While it didn't come out quite right at first – you are completely right. So much stuff is made from petroleum – its not just a transportation thing. We are talking MAJOR change – revolution . . . as in we would not recognize our lives when the change comes.
@jes: I'm actually OK with that.
I presume that these musicians and artist also realize that the food that they eat was probably farmed using machinery which employ BP produced lubricants for processing or BP fueled vehicles....or that they realize that the pharmaceutical products they occasionally use were researched and developed by chemicals which are derived from crude petroleum products...or that the plastics (any kinds...whether for the ducting in office buildings or the plastic fork they use for their lunch) are derived from petroleum products produced by BP. Simply not using BP gasoline or diesel fuel is far from "boycotting" BP. You would have to do a lot more to hurt a petro company than to stop using their gasoline. In reality, service stations which are independently owned purchase the fuel from BP and as such, boycotting BP gasoline or diesel stations would also hurt those private owners more since service station owners clearly have less money and other viable product lines for income than BP. It's a lot harder to boycott a petroleum company than you think...money flows into their pockets from every imaginable source in today world of technology and convenience.
ok, im not sure who you are in relation to bp, but this entire comment makes it sound like you are saying " no matter what you do, its not going to affect the bonus check the CEO will get for his summer vacation"...that's really sounding remorseful don't you think?????
and the only thing hurting private owners is your mess....i think its in everyone's best interest if you stopped shouting down from your big business pedestal, and started actually fulfilling your duties...
Yes, i agree, i don't think people realize that boycotting gas stations mostlyb hurts that innocent gas station owner, not BP.
Hey tonya guess where BP's CEO won't be going for vacation to spend his big bonus check.... You guessed it, anywhere in the nasty gulf. He will come here to california where the beaches are always clean and the birds aren't covered in oil.
BP is not the only oil company in the universe so i agree with the boycott let them suffer from their mistakes.. Their are other companies you can get petroleum products from. BP Should pay for the mess they have caused.
While it is true, that you won't stop the CEO bonus, that's not what the OP is saying at all. He's saying: when you boycott BP, you aren't harming BP. The only way people think they can boycott, is by not purchasing fuel from stations that receive their supply from BP. That fuel's already been sold, so boycotting only hurts the owner of the gas station. Basically, you're punishing the wrong guy. BP has already cashed the check, so boycotting the gas station they sold to, is just ridiculous. It would be like PETA protesting at the front door of every "meat eater" in the world, instead of the slaughter houses that supply the meat.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!! I was just about to enter a similar explanation myself, but then I stumbled upon yours. BP makes Castrol GTX car oil, the also help manufacture the aluminum cans for Coca-Cola's products, just to name a few. So everybody, if you SERIOUSLY want to boycott BP, do your research and see what else they do besides supplying cars with gasoline. This company is massive, they're everywhere.
excellent point BP well said! And Bill, your CA beaches are far from clean. They are covered in dirty syringes and hippies. gross.
"Korn and the Backstreet Boys lead the way by turning their summer tours"
I'm sorry, is it 1998?
I'm having a hard time deciding which is sadder ... the fact that you know who these groups are, or that I don't.
Niiiiice, Pwath!! :) I thought the same thing.
potentially the best post EVER!!!
Why don't they instead use their celebrity to raise money for those affected?
because it isnt their job, its bp's responsibility..
Because they could care less about the spill (I bet half of them couldn't even point out the gulf of mexico on a map). Right now it is the smart move to jump on the hate BP bandwagon to earn kudos with the public, after all thats what the president is doing and it seems to be working him.
that is an excellent point!
I agree with Feisty and Donna May. These idiots are only hurting the small businessman/woman with this boycott. I know - Let's boycott their shows and CDs-let them see how it feels to lose money due to their STUPID action! At least the BP incident was an accident. I would love for them to do something POSITIVE like a concert called I DON"T KNOW "Slippery Slope" or maybe simply "Crisis Aid" to raise funds to aid those working so diligently on a POSITIVE SOLUTION.
I'm sure they care-who doesn't? Just because they are famous means they don't have a heart? That's a stretch. If I were famous, I'd still care about the disaster.
I just love when artists, who are swimming in money, get onstage and sing the same damn song I just heard on the radio, and wants money out of me. I've already helped pay for their "designer clothes", their cars, their homes, and now I have to give more money....I don't know about the rest of y'all, but I'm tapped out. I think it's time they give back to US, for a change.
Wow, maybe these artists should stick to what they do best, making bad music (except Megadeth, their awesome), and leave economics and politics to the people with an IQ over 70.
IQ of 70? Maybe megadeath, I would rate the rest around 50.
Time for celebrities to jump on the bandwagon. "OH NOEZ OIL"...."OH THIS WILL HELP MY PUBLICITY? OK LETS GO"
I love to see a band called Anthrax on this list of bands so concerned about the oil spill, you remember what anthrax is right, a biochemical weapon used by terrorist to kill thousands of innocent people. Ha.. i might try telling girls I too am avoiding bp gas stations, maybe it will get me some phone numbers. LOL
First: why is it the only artists taking a stand, are the one's that no one listens to? Second: ....and Lady Gaga's suggestion is...? Creed's invention is....? Rob Zombie has skimmed how many gallons of oil out of the gulf? All of these people are screaming and yelling for a solution, but not one of them has a suggestion to offer. BP is just as lost as anyone else on this one. They have tried everything that the Government regulations tell them they should, and nothing is working. Until I hear a suggestion being offered by one of these has-beens, I'll stick with my "quit whining and do something" campaign. How many of these artists have gone of the website asking for suggestions? I've submitted 3....How many suggestions has Disturbed submitted? They want to take a stand for the sake of publicity, and publicity only. I feel the same about artists boycotting AZ- did any of them provide a solution to the illegal immigration problem in that state? Nope, they just whined about it, and did nothing.
They aren't hurting BP at all. The BP's in the US aren't owned by BP. The people they are hurting are the fans that support their lifes style. By avoiding BP's they hurt the owner of each station and they hurt the employees that work for the station by cutbacks or losing their jobs all together. Hollywood needs to get their heads out of their rears and stop worrying about getting media attention and think about the people out there that could lose their jobs because of the idiots out there that are so caught up in making a statement that they don't consider who they truly hurt by their actions.
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