November 24, 2013. Cyberspace. The notoriously corrupt and repeatedly convicted multi-national bank JP Morgan Chase discovered something last week it apparently wasn’t aware of – the entire world believes the financial corporation and all its executives are, well, evil. That’s not our word either. After only six hours on Twitter, the bank was repeatedly called just that – evil.
One of the many sarcastic tweets sent to #AskJPM befor the project was cancelled. Image courtesy of MathBabe.org.
JP Morgan’s social media team thought it would be a great idea to produce a publicity campaign called, ‘#AskJPM’. With the fast pace and limited space, Twitter seemed to be the perfect platform. But when Vice Chairman Jimmy Lee logged onto the bank’s Twitter account only moments after the opening bell on the day Twitter went public, he tweeted, ‘What career advice would you ask a leading exec at a global firm? Tweet a Q using #AskJPM.’ The response was one derogatory, sarcastic, accusatory question after another. After six hours, the entire promotion was scrapped.
The puppets can hear you
It took only a few hours worth of spiteful and accusatory emails, always in the form of a question per the bank’s request, for JP Morgan Chase to shut down their Q & A idea. But the often hilarious questions from the bank’s critics and victims were now on the internet, forever. Immediately, re-tweets, memes and even video parodies began going viral, all taking pleasure in JP Morgan’s pain.
One of those videos found its way to YouTube compliments of The Puppets Can Hear You. It’s a two-minute clip of award-winning actor Stacy Keach on stage doing a dramatic reading. Except he’s only reading the tweets from the JP Morgan #AskJPM Q & A session. The Puppets Can Hear You added in, what else, a blue puppet who dramatically read the JP Morgan Twitter feed’s tweets, while Keach read the questions from the Twitter Universe.
Actual question from #AskJPM, dramatically read by Stacy Keach (from ThePuppetsCanHearYou):
It’s at the end of the six-hour self-inflicted abuse session on the bank’s Twitter account, the bank tweets, ‘Tomorrow’s Q&A is cancelled. Bad idea. Back to the drawing board.’ But if JP Morgan officials thought they’d heard the end of it, they were sadly mistaken. The bank’s millions of victims seem to relish in the ability to stick it to the bank that’s too big to fail and too big to jail, no matter how meaningless and inconsequential the momentary act of frustration might be.
One is the loneliest number
It didn’t take long for the firestorm against JP Morgan to reach epic proportion. Business Insider reprinted additional Tweets to #AskJPM, including some from some supposedly unbiased members of the financial press. Joining CNBC’s Stacy Keach, Bloomberg News’ Matt Levine tweeted a ridiculous question seemingly meant to show how ridiculous JP Morgan’s hollow effort was. Below are some more of the tweets from the campaign:
Digging through the six-hour list of tweets to JP Morgan, the New Yorker found some more of interest, again, including some from the press like a tweet from an editor at the Atlantic (from the New Yorker):
Amazingly, there was still more. The investigators from Global Research dug through the Twitter feed and found some more interesting tweets from the six-hour #AskJPM session (from Global Research):
Probably the most astonishing aspect of the entire episode is how different society sees JP Morgan Chase. Our television sets tell us they’re just one more respectable financial institution. But through the truth serum of the internet and social media, we learn that we’re not crazy. JP Morgan Chase really is evil. Apparently, just ask anyone.
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