The @BPGlobalPR account is pretty successful by Twitter standards, and it appears their t-shirt shilling effort has paid off:
Since the account already has over 100,000 followers and has garnered significant press following its inception, it was probably to be expected that other high-profile controversies would spawn similar accounts. Such is the case with the recently created @IsraelGlobalPR, a Twitter feed dedicated to satirizing Israel’s response to the recent Gaza flotilla raid in which 10 civilian aid workers were killed.
A sample of tweets from their Twitter feed:
Israel reveals its new “Dome” plan in order to contain Gaza and prevent Muslims from leaking out
AID is a seaborne virus emanating from Turkey, but with your support Israel can stop AID dead in its tracks
Israel is glad to report that the soldier who stubbed his toe while boarding the ship has made a full recovery
Oh no, not an international “inquiry” @AmnestyUK
Guys, “strongly condemn” and “deeply regret” seem a bit harsh, perhaps you mean “fully support Israel’s actions”
Of course, a few Twitterers have not realized the account is satirical in nature, and have taken it at face value. @IsraelGlobalPR remains in character:
looks like someone hates Jews
And as is to be expected, a retaliatory account has been set up to satirize the Israel satire- @HamasGlobalPR. Although it only has 316 followers to @IsraelGlobalPR’s 4450, that number will probably rise as pro-Israel Twitter users learn of its existence. @HamasGlobalPR tweets:
Memo to future peaceful activists, remember to refrain from pre-op interviews where u talk about joy of martydom & jihad
appears 2 be that some people are parodying israel’s pr. rest assured we are authentic (male) voice of hamas #flotilla #gaza #israelglobalpr
Do not send us used goods. Also, please sure goods were not handled by menstruating women. No gmo’s either.
So- is the @(thing)GlobalPR meme over yet, or can this horse be flogged a bit more?