It’s Big People’s Right To Call Small People “Small People”?
“And we care about the small people. I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don’t care. But that is not the case in BP. We care about the small people,” said a BP boss referring to the victims of gulf oil spill on Wednesday.
And then the big man said 'sorry' about the 'small people’ remark!
Oh my, my! What has this world come to when the high and mighty have to say 'sorry' for making such a harmless comment?
Aren’t the privileged of the world accustomed to having the small people wait on them, hand and foot? This is their birthright, whoever is noble and high born. Their blood is blue, while the rest are red-blooded. Why apologize? There is nothing new in this kind of comment. The advantaged of the world always think in this way about “small people.”
Monarchs and kings may be dying breeds, but they have been replaced by CEOs and their like. Corporations are mightier than Presidents and Heads of State, and now they have all rights of living human beings. It is the God-given right of Corporate Heads to treat “small people” as small people. I do not find fault with BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, for seldom do leaders at his level make impromptu speech on such an occasion. Those speeches are prepared by the top corporate talents. So, you judge what kind of staff BP has at their top level!
I, for the sake of fairness, am willing to give it to Carl-Henric that he made the speech unprepared. Well, if that is the case, here is a man who is so brilliant that his earnings are bigger than kings of small countries and yet, he cannot deliver a simple speech?
Going into damage control mode, Carl-Henric’s own “small man” Toby Odone, said, “What he means is that he cares about local businesses and local people. This was a slip in translation.”
Of course! What would you expect from a company that is so inefficient that it would not spend a mere $500K on a remote acoustic switch but later spend $20 billion and counting?
Sometimes you wonder if they are really the best who make it through the corporate grind and rise to become stars!