Exxon Hates Your Children, Says (Parody) Ad. Fact Cannot Be Substantiated, Says (Way Defensive) Exxon Cease and Desist Effort

Abby Zimet

For the second time in as many months - but the first since Mayflower -  Exxon has freaked out at an attempt to air a 30-second, crowd-funded attack ad charging that America's most profitable, media-silencing, tar-sands spilling, $10-billion-subsidized corporation hates your children and is destroying their future, bullying it off the air at several Arkansas TV stations. Part of a broader ExxonHatesYourChildren campaign by a coalition of Oil Change International, The Other 98% and Environmental Action, the ad sparked an epic, over-the-top response from Exxon, which issued a five-page, point-by-point rebuttal of the ad's "nonsensical...defamatory" charges and threatened legal action against stations that aired it. Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes, God love them, did anyway. Help the coalition and the Electronic Frontier Foundation fight the bullying here.

  • "Here at Exxon we hate your children." —Factually incorrect and cannot be substantiated...
  • "We all know the climate crisis will rip their world apart, we don't care because it's making us rich." —Factually incorrect and cannot be substantiated...
  • "Making a fortune, destroying your kids' future. At Exxon that's what we call good business" —Factually incorrect and cannot be substantiated.

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