In a surprise move, the board of British Petroleum has voted to change its name to Blackwater, the beleaguered company announced today.
“We need to put the Gulf of Mexico oil spill behind us, BP believes it needs a name that doesn’t make people think of petroleum or oceans,” said spokesman Probert Flack.
Flack said a marketing survey performed this week revealed a majority of Americans, Europeans, Asians, Africans, Australians, Central and South Americans, and Antarcticans associate BP with massive oil slicks, oiled wildlife, polluted shorelines, and poor safety practices.
“But people don’t think those things when they hear the name Blackwater,” he said.
Flack went on to say BP settled on Blackwater after rejecting several alternatives, including Stayfree, Tide and Spray & Wash. BP attorneys determined those brands were already taken and not available for licensing.
“We got the name Blackwater from its previous owner for a song,” Flack said.