Bell-Pottinger-PR expelled

Credit – RR Wire

Bell Pottinger admits some of their work was “inappropriate and offensive”

Sjoe, this is big news.

Bell-Pottinger-PR expelled

Credit – RR Wire

Wow, this is one heck of a thing to say. Bell Pottinger, the PR firm which has been accused of all sorts of shenanigans has just released one heck of a statement.

Three months ago, the company said that it would stop working with Oakbay Captial, one of the Gupta-owned companies at the center of the gigantic shit storm that is the #GuptaLeaks.

In the statement, the PR firm says:

When we terminated our work with Oakbay, we said we were doing so because of increasingly strong social media attacks on our staff and our business from South Africa, and that we regarded the criticisms of what our team had done as unfair.

The firm says it has since called in a “leading independent international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP” to review the Oakbay account and the work that they did on it.

The statement goes on:

That investigation is still continuing and will be completed in the next few weeks. We intend to publish the findings of that report and take appropriate action.

The firm says they have “deep concerns” and then drops this line:

There has been a social media campaign that highlights the issue of economic emancipation in a way that we, having now seen it, consider to be inappropriate and offensive.

At various points throughout the tenure of the Oakbay account, senior management have been misled about what has been done. For it to be done in South Africa, a country which has become an international beacon of hope for its progress towards racial reconciliation, is a matter of profound regret and in no way reflects the values of Bell Pottinger.

Hectic! It seems they are basically admitting that the whole “white monopoly capital” propaganda was wrong.

But look, we’re not buying the whole “we didn’t know” hullaballoo…

The firm is currently under investigation in the UK. We’ll keep you updated on what happens….