Washington: Look out BP, the vuvuzelas are
A US video producer is raising money to have 100 people
play the horns which have provided the World Cup soundtrack
outside BP`s headquarters in London to protest the oil spill
in the Gulf of Mexico.
Adam Quirk, of Brooklyn, New York, has appealed for funds
for his "Vuvuzelas for BP" scheme on Kickstarter.com, a
website which accepts donations from the public for a variety
As of mid-day today, Quirk had already surpassed his goal
of raising USD 1,000 for the vuvuzela concert and USD 1,000
for the Gulf Disaster Fund.
A total of 316 people had donated USD 3,388 for his
The page featuring Quirk`s appeal for donations features
a picture of a smiling BP chief executive Tony Hayward
surrounded by vuvuzelas.
"BP is not feeling the pain they are causing in the
Gulf," Quirk wrote in his fund-raising call. "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," he said.
Quirk said the money will go to buying 100 vuvuzelas at
USD 6.50 each and hiring some people for crowd control.
He also put out an appeal for volunteer vuvuzela players
-- "no special skills required."
"Hopefully (and likely) we can find people to play for
free (plus they get a free vuvuzela)," he said.
"I know this isn`t going to change anything, but it will
draw attention back to BP after the inevitable 24hr news cycle
finds some celebrity sex scandal to distract us with," Quirk