Look out BP, the vuvuzelas are coming

WASHINGTON - 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 of projects.

As of mid-day yesterday, Quirk had already surpassed his goal of raising US$1000 for the vuvuzela concert and another $1000 for the Gulf Disaster Fund. A total of 316 people had donated $ 3388 for his quirky plan.

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 $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 said.

- AFP

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