BP Protest Versus Blackhawk Party

Scheduled demonstration has unfortunate timing

By Matt Bartosik
|  Friday, Jun 11, 2010  |  Updated 5:31 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON - MAY 12: Activists protest outside the government offices of BP Amoco Corporation May 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. The group gathered to protest BP's role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused by an explosion on, and subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon Oil platform whose wellhead is still leaking oil at an estimated rate of 1,000-5,000 barrels a day. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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Sometimes, the key to success is good timing.

And while one activist group may have had good intentions, their timing is down right unfortunate.

An unidentified protest group planned to send a message to the mokes responsible for the BP oil spill as it  reaches its 50th day, causing havoc in the Gulf. A "flash mob" was organized for Friday at 12 p.m. in Millennium Park, right around the same time as a little Blackhawks parade.

MoveOn.org helped get the word out about the event, though it is unclear if they responsible for organizing it.Protestors are asked to bring black umbrellas or wear all black. At 12:11 p.m., the crowd will come together on the BP Pedestrian Bridge.

With all those black umbrellas and clothing, organizers are hoping to create a visual facsimile of the aerial view of the infamous oil spill.

However, they may have a hard time countering the massive sea of red that has taken over downtown today. Thousands upon thousands of fans are donning their Blackhawk jerseys to celebrate the hockey team's Stanley cup victory and join the 'hawks at their celebratory parade.

According to the protest's Facebook page, just over 30 people are expected to attend.

Three dozen black umbrellas vs. thousands of red jerseys.

There may be a protest, but this is no contest.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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