BP is angry that it's being forced to compensate Gulf Coast businesses for income they lost after its Deepwater Horizon blowout. It's so angry that it has taken the curious step of airing its vendettas in national advertisements.
The oil company took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times last week lambasting celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, complaining that his restaurant management company is undeserving of more than $8 million in spill-related claims awarded to it by a federal court. Lagasse is a star of food-themed TV shows, author of popular cookbooks, and owner of a national chain of restaurants. BP's advertisement didn't name Lagasse, but he was clearly the target. The New Orleans Times-Picayune explains: