Anyone watching the Olympics the past 10 days or so has certainly seen their fill of ExxonMobil’s attempt to appear angelic despite the fact that they brought in a kazillion dollars last year while working stiffs are trying to figure out how to pay for $4-a-gallon gas.
It seems their misguided attempt to play the good guy is bound to backfire. Maybe it’s just me, but when I see those commercials, I can’t help but think, “OK, so fighting malaria in Africa and getting more kids in the U.S. interested in math and science is great — but how about saving your money on those grand ideas (and the tons of money it cost you to produce and air TV ads during the Olympics) and bring down the price of gasoline?!?”
Is it just me? Does anyone else think that big corporations with bad reputations that are currently vilified because of their position in the marketplace should not be tossing money around trying to show us how virtuous they are?
I don’t care how much money you spend on malaria research, I have a hard time getting past the fact that gas prices are through the roof and you (ExxonMobil) made more than $40 billion in profits last year and a record $10 billion in profits for the first quarter of 2008.