Tony Hayward has been called “the most hated man in America”, thanks to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, whose responsibility weighs down on him, considering he is the head of the company, which created such a havoc. But more than that, it has been his less than tactful and diplomatic handling of this situation that has brought more and more bad publicity for the man and his company.
Many have called him a chauvinistic elitist who isn’t bothered about what is happening to the natural habitat of innumerable marine animals and the general environment. Last month he went sailing around the Isle of Wight on his yacht named “Bob”. The last thing the people wanted to know was that this man is holidaying after his company’s wells devastated the Gulf of Mexico. Now again his boat will be racing at the Cork Week regatta in Ireland, next week.
To save face, a company spokesperson has said that Hayward will not be on board the yacht for this race. Environmental groups have called his behaviour incredibly insulting, considering the problem hasn’t been solved as yet. Even President Obama’s chief of staff called Hayward’s holidaying plans to be another blotch in a “long line of PR gaffes and mistakes”.