A Political Slice?

May 21, 2010 by

Since the yaller blogger found it on Magazine Street and took a picture of it with his Droid phone, it has made the rounds of the interwebs, ending up on HuffPo, Salon.com, and the true big time, Cake Wrecks. Yes, it’s that now-infamous BP oil disaster cake, brought to us courtesy of Breaux Mart:

The commenters have weighed in most often at the Cake Wrecks post, and in a few cases, they have been quite vehement in their objections to this cake being anywhere near a site that is supposed to be all, er, sweetness and light in its humor. Exhibit A:

I don’t know, considering this isn’t a wreck, or at least not presented as such, I don’t see what you gained by turning your blog into a forum for political commentary, even if that commentary takes the form of cake. Anyone who uses oil-based products (and that would certainly include anyone who has access to a car, synthetic fiber, modern medicine, a computer, etc.) is a hypocrite for attacking oil companies. If you want to go live in a cave and hunt your own food, make clothes out of animal skins, etc. keep on with the “big oil” bashing. If you actually prefer modern life, understand that without oil companies, we wouldn’t have modern lifestyles. I doubt you will post this, just make sure you read it….

First off is this cake Republican in any way? Democratic? Libertarian? Fascist? Communist? Okay, maybe there’s a touch of Green Party, but not much. The cake depicts a slice of the Louisiana coastline with the oil geyser spew being barely held back by booms. It’s anti-BP and the corporation’s actions and gross negligence more than anything else, but in a darkly humorous way, and, according to the blog’s authors, “It’s not a political anything. It’s a kinda tasteless, kinda funny cake dealing with current events. Jen and I both cringed when we saw it.”

And as for the mini-lecture on how we are all super-dependent on oil, so what did we expect? yeah, sure, we are. For that alone, we all must take responsibility and start getting on our legislators about making the development of alternative fuels and energy sources a priority for this century…but to say we should just grin and bear this disaster because we asked for it?

No, no, and NO.

We did not ask to have BP executives and their engineers go for faster drilling that screwed up one Deepwater Horizon drilling operation and then led to decisions that helped cause the blowout on the second operation. We didn’t invite the oil company to be cavalier with its safety measures and to downright ignore them. We sure as hell don’t want BP to be wrapping the Coast Guard around its little finger and behaving as though the Gulf is their property. At this point in time, oil sustains us, but we don’t have to take the negligence and the downright criminal actions of those entrusted to extract it from the earth with few repercussions on the environment. BP execs and decision makers valued money over safety and are trying to save face in an impossible situation in which they ought to be taking on all the help they can get, but it is instead an elaborate game of CYA by fellows who’ve had their pants blown off.

Want to be angry at anybody in particular? Get angry at BP, who wouldn’t let the Deepwater Horizon survivors off their lifeboats unless they signed forms that helped absolve BP of responsibility for any physical and mental ailments sustained by the failure of a drilling operation that BP financed and made the final decisions on concerning its major operations. Side with Louisiana’s fishermen and women over BP, who had to sign release forms saying they wouldn’t sue BP if they went out and helped clean up the mess the corporation made.

The oil company’s “let them eat cake” attitude is thoroughly abominable.

Let’s hear it for this culinary concoction in their faces.


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  1. Forget pollution and dependence for one second. These fools don’t see that our modern lifestyle was indeed brought about by coal and oil mining, but that we cannot sustain this lifestyle at the rate at which we use and demand it. They also don’t realize that drilling on American soil doesn’t mean that that fuel is all used in America.

    Now back to pollution and dependence. What’s the point of sitting on your couch watching your new flat-screen TV if you can’t breathe the air around you? We are a nation of addicts not willing to admit it.

  2. *when the yellow blog posted this on twitter, i spit my drink all over my screen. and then i was overcome with grief.

    “First off is this cake Republican in any way? Democratic? Libertarian? Fascist? Communist? Okay, maybe there’s a touch of Green Party, but not much. ”
    i don’t see it as any particular “party” cake, but rather the sad reality of what’s going on right now.
    shameful at best.

    excellent post lip

  3. And this is why HumidCity is proud to have Liprap as our resident Jewish Mother! Well done, darlin!

  4. When your worldview is roughly and uncomfortably challenged by a cake, you may need to start reevaluating your worldview.

  5. Why must you put your throat on BP’s neck? That’s un-American.

    Just kidding, Liprap. Great post!

  6. Meant to say boot on neck.

  7. Anyone who uses oil-based products (and that would certainly include anyone who has access to a car, synthetic fiber, modern medicine, a computer, etc.) is a hypocrite for attacking oil companies.

    By that anti-logic, anyone who drives a car would be a hypocrite for “attacking” car companies that produce unsafe cars.

    My head hurts.

  8. I wonder how much oil was used to create and run the machines that stamped out the cake pan and the tubes and cans to contain the ingredients and frostings used in making the cake. Not to mention the amount of gas it took to cart those ingredients across the country to the local market. Can’t they see they’re shooting themselves in the foot?

    To all the idiots out there who suggested we go live in a cave and eat only what we kill, you are FAR off the mark. We’re not bitching about the drilling, we’re bitching about the lies and shortcuts BP used to create this disaster. We’re bitching about the failures by BP and the Fed to act in a timely and efficient manner to STOP the leaks. Such pinheads!

  9. Amen, Liprap and amen to all of the commentors.

  10. let them eat cake.
    just took on a new meaning.

  11. The phrase “shove it down their throats” comes handily to mind.

  12. The thing that is so despicable about this is that this was an avoidable disaster, but has become arguably the greatest natural travesty our nation has ever seen. British Petroleum should pay for everything, they should pay royalties on the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico every day, and off-shore drilling should be banned.

    It’s disgusting what has taken place, and it’s terrible to see the Gulf Coast states treated like second rate citizens once again.

  13. @randy Thanks for that. Great to see comments from my fellow CincyBloggers turning up here. Dig around a bit, I’m sure you will find some eye opening local perspective. There are also a lot of NOLABloggers linked in the sidebar ranging from engineers to metalheads.

    Five years later and the media, the government, and the American people could not really give a rat’s ass. They’re all too busy watching Lost.

  14. Elspeth Ravenwind

    Hmmph… “LOST” – they could have a whole new show w/that name and for the story – trace the humanity of this country and how it has mostly disappeared. The way the Gulf Coast was neglected for the past (almost exactly) 5 years was when our country’s heart should have been placed on the back of a milk carton.
    :( And I could give less than a farthing about “LOST” or “24”.

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