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BMW Pretends Its Social Media Got Hacked And It’s Just Kind Of Embarrassing For Everyone

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Since yesterday, BMW’s Twitter and Instagram accounts have been displaying posts that seem to suggest that BMW’s social media accounts were hacked by someone or something named Dee, and added the hashtag #DEEMW. Of course, in reality, anybody who has spent more that 46 seconds on the internet in their lifetime did not believe this for a single moment, as this was clearly some sort of stunt by BMW to promote what I suspect is a new voice/simulated persona for their car’s voice interface and in-car infotainment stuff. That’s all fine, I suppose, but why does this all feel, so, I don’t know, embarrassing? It’s like the harder these companies try, the more we feel that ad-agency hired-influencer sort of unpleasantness and it just never works.

Now, before I go on, I know at good portion of you out there will read this and think well, dummy, you’re talking about BMW right now, aren’t you? So it worked! Any publicity is good publicity, right?

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I get that, and on some level I’m definitely overreacting here, but you know what? I don’t care; the “any press is good press” thing is a bit silly; I mean, if I were to go into a Pep Boys and start peeing all over the trailer light displays, screaming that the Dutch are controlling soil pH via satellites and that it’s making Americans sexually attracted to succulents, that would likely get people talking about me, too, but I don’t think it would really do any good for the Torchinsky Lifesmile Brand.

[Ed Note: JT’s gonna go on a bit of a rant, here. So buckle up. -DT]

In the same way, I don’t think everyone talking about BMW’s goofball social media gambit is doing their brand any favors, either. So, let’s see what they did, and if, after I show you all this crap, you run out and buy a new BMW immediately, then I guess you were right.

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It started with some simple text tweets:

Those double slashes, in hindsight, signify Dee’s voice. There’s a bit more of speculating on buttons and emoji shit and a poll and then this:

…so here Dee takes over, and it looks kind of like interrupting an old analog broadcast signal, because that’s how Twitter works, right? Tune your computer to UHF channel Twitter or some shit? Then a voice announces that “these channels are now mine” and there’s some CG animation of the text using aesthetics that mass media has trained us to associate with some advanced futuristic and likely sentient AI.

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This section also proves to anyone paying attention that this is not a real hack, because, come on, people who hack social media accounts aren’t fucking hiring voice actors or rendering out complicated CG animations. This feels like when some church youth pastor decides he wants to teach kids about charity so he rubs some dirt on the face of a well-fed kid from the suburbs in a flannel shirt and has them pretend to be homeless but absolutely nobody is buying it and no one says anything because, fuck it, nobody cares enough to get into a whole thing.

 

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On Instagram Dee “vandalizes” BMW’s page, complete with nonsensical spray paint sound effects, and one of the things she does is scribble out the words “Sheer Driving Pleasure” and replaces it with BLAH BLAH BLAH, which might be the most alarming part of this silly campaign.

I mean, for BMW especially, that’s not a great message. I don’t care if Dee the AI can’t drive, enjoyment of driving has been BMW’s MO for decades, and I don’t see why anyone who approved any of this thought that of all things for Dee to shit on, they’d pick that. I mean, it’s BMW, she could have made fun of subscription heated seats, for fudge’s sake.

The accounts then sent out some meme-like images ostensibly from Dee suggesting that BMWs social media admins were caught off guard and the collective internet was desperately wondering what was going on there at BMW, which we very much weren’t:

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These images are especially painful, because they’re sort of the corporate marketing equivalent of the “bae caught me sleeping” meme, because it’s just a whole stack of silly marketing lies piled one atop the other: the fake takeover, the fake shock from fake BMW social media people, the fake assumption that we’re all stunned and give a shit, all of it.

The fake takeover (fakeover! Has anyone coined that term yet? I don’t want to Google it, in case that ruins my belief that I came up with it first) then started throwing up a bunch of low-effort meme-type shit like this:

Oh, and like the rest of humanity, Dee played with some AI art generator sites:

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Then, she tried to borrow the goodwill provided by dogs:

Also worth noting is that none of these are really doing numbers, either. As of my checking right now, none of these have crested more than 200 likes! I mean, shit, I once tweeted about fixing my Yugo with two hose clamps and a rock and that did 428 likes (as of this writing), which, again, is nothing amazing:

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And, it’s worth noting that I didn’t pay an ad agency anything for that sort of low-to-mid-tier engagement. I just had to get stuck in a shitty car. I guarantee you BMW paid out an assload for this campaign.

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So, BMW’s fake takeover by their fake entity that likely represents the thing that BMW owners will yell at to find the nearest Shake Shack in the near future eventually shit out a dozen or so cringe-inducing posts before signing off with an animated mic drop:

Look, it doesn’t matter what think of it, how did it play on the wilds of the internet? Are people charmed by this firecracker Dee’s devil-may-careitude? Let’s look at some comments!

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…and boom, zero to Nazi in like three seconds. Great job! The internet really doesn’t disappoint, does it? Plus, everyone else just seems to be at best, eyerolling, or seriously considering an Audi like that one reply up there.

Money well spent, BMW! Another triumph!

So, what did we learn from all this? I guess that the next BMW assistant will be called Dee and they will try to make it into some sort of character, and that BMW got soaked and some ad agency is eating hoagies stuffed with $100 bills and only accomplished making BMW’s brand seem more cloying and desperate and out of touch than ever before.

Bang up job to everyone, all around. #Blessed

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Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
1 year ago

People had to sign off on this. People actually approved this marketing plan, and eventually greenlit the final copy and artworks, like those idiotic memes and nonsensical (yet expertly executed, and not doubt expensive) video teasers. This is how companies spend their fuck you money.

Like I needed to dislike BMW more.

FUCK YOU
FUCK YOU
1 year ago

Yuuuuuup. Someone who probably gets paid way more than you or I signed off on this blatantly cringeworthy ad campaign. They probably won’t even get fired. Hell, it’s probably the same person who signed off on the “insult our own cars” campaign that BMW had a while back. I mean, fuck, they can pay me half what this person makes and I’ll do a better job than them as a side gig on top of my normal job. It’d be a win all around.

05LGT
05LGT
1 year ago

Why must BMW be so extra today? Are they THAT thirsty? If the reason they’re saying your name is to comment on the stench of desperation, it’s NOT good press

Luxobarge
Luxobarge
1 year ago

Also, the first person with the name “Dee” that comes to mind is Dee Reynolds from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Talk about a person you absolutely don’t want to associate your brand with.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
1 year ago
Reply to  Luxobarge

Oh! She could slash through the leather back seats of your Lexus to remember, all greased up and angry like Danny Devito at a sexed up holiday party..

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
1 year ago

The BMW elves are are hard at work coming up with something to keep pace with the vehiclidays like “Lexus to remember” or whatever other Christmas inspired drivel the other brands marketing departments are putting out.
Is this stupid? Yes.
Is it worse than watching another commercial with a stupid big bow attached to another blah car as Christmas present? No.
I would love to hear JT rant about that stupid holiday commercial tradition.
I’d buckle up for that.
“The GMC season of upgrade” is the current worst offender of Christmas car commercials.
Max and Morris Grabowsky are probably rolling in their graves.
BMW’s advertising is dumb. But it’s still not the dumbest.

Vetatur Fumare
Vetatur Fumare
1 year ago

I though Jason had an entire running joke in which he mocks carmakers’ holiday marketing (“People have forgotten what Happy Honda Days are all about”).

One More Last Chance
One More Last Chance
1 year ago

I get the whole Mr. Robot thing. I guess it’s appealing to the younger set but what I can’t get over is the fact that BMW is paying twiter for this ad campaign. Good or bad, twiter is the winner. Does BMW realize that the owner of twiter also owns a competing car company?

E Petry
E Petry
1 year ago

They don’t pay twitter to tweet. These were just tweets, not ads. Do you know how the internet works?

Rafael
Rafael
1 year ago
Reply to  E Petry

Isn’t there some sort of promoting fee they can pay to get some visibility? Genuine question, I’m not active there 🙂

Ron888
Ron888
1 year ago
Reply to  Rafael

I dont know how twitter works but i’m sure you’re right

Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
1 year ago
Reply to  Rafael

Pretty sure you can pay twitter to have them do anything at this point.

E Petry
E Petry
1 year ago

On top of that. Younger people don’t care about robots either. No one is asking for a talking car

FloridaNative
FloridaNative
1 year ago
Reply to  E Petry

Speak for yourself! Make mine a 1982 Pontiac Firebird. In black.

Dave Garland
Dave Garland
1 year ago

BMW is still advertising on Twitter? I thought everyone had fled the nazification except for NFT and Bitcoin types. Huh, they are. So I searched for them and blocked them. Wonder if BMW advertises on Gab, Parler, and Pravda (Truth) Social too.

FUCK YOU
FUCK YOU
1 year ago

Noooo… it’s no more appealing to the younger set than if you, yes you, came to a high school class wearing a backwards baseball cap and “did a rap” at them about saying no to drugs. It’s embarrassing, is what it is.

Boxing Pistons
Boxing Pistons
1 year ago

Another “cool” trend I am seeing is promos for shows or movies where they glad reviews from rando twitter accounts as proof like they are Siskel and Ebert. Who gives a shit if @dingus123 on twitter tweets that this new show is “groundbreaking!”?

Boxing Pistons
Boxing Pistons
1 year ago

This pathetic attempt at being hip reminds me of this new menu at Denny’s. It is the “influencer” or “social media star” or whatever inspired menu. I was like “am I supposed to know who these people are?”And “Why the f* do I care what they like on their omelette?”

Ron888
Ron888
1 year ago
Reply to  Boxing Pistons

Seriously,if i saw how random influencer likes their food that would make me want something- anything -else.
I guess i’m officially old

Fix It Again Tony
Fix It Again Tony
1 year ago

I’m so out of the loop I can’t even understand what those tweets are trying to say.

Derek van Veen
Derek van Veen
1 year ago

one of the things she does is scribble out the words “Sheer Driving Pleasure” and replaces it with BLAH BLAH BLAH, which might be the most ACCURATE part of this silly campaign.

FTFY

Derek van Veen
Derek van Veen
1 year ago
Reply to  Derek van Veen

Heavens to Murgatroyd. Can we please get some markup functionality in the comments section? Or the ability to edit?

Boxing Pistons
Boxing Pistons
1 year ago
Reply to  Derek van Veen

Sorry, you’ll have to subscribe as a “Rich Corinthian Leather” tier member at the Autopian to get that functionality.

Boxing Pistons
Boxing Pistons
1 year ago
Reply to  Boxing Pistons

Seriously, I’d sign up as a member tomorrow if they’d fix this basic stuff already!

Rafael
Rafael
1 year ago
Reply to  Derek van Veen

HTML tag works, but typing it manually on a phone is not very practical. But I think they’ll switch to a new system soon.

Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
1 year ago

I feel like this is going over about as well as when they flat out insulted their customers.
Just stop tweeting, BMW. In fact, everyone just stop tweeting.
https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-8977809/Fury-erupts-BMW-alienates-customers-OK-boomer-social-media-jibe.html

Duke of Kent
Duke of Kent
1 year ago

I don’t “get” why people follow brands on social media to begin with. I mean, I understand why you guys do it — it’s your job to write about the goings-on of the industry, so you have to stay plugged in. I’m talking about normal people. It is a brave man who browses the internet in 2022 without an ad-blocking extension installed… yet these ad-blocking web surfers are clicking over to Twitter and begging: “Please advertise to me! Sell me things!” by following brand accounts.

Nathan Williams
Nathan Williams
1 year ago

Remember when car advertising campaigns were about cars?

That was neat.

Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
1 year ago

That may not be working for them anymore. I don’t know if it’s the cars that all look the same, or the ads themselves following way too similar visual languages, but I’ve grown used to remembering bits of modern car ads and being unable to remember what car/brand was being advertised.

My daughter is 9 and has already noticed how car ads tend to have lots of similarities, and even has this theory that car ads are just fast-paced perfume ads (she may have heard this in some TV show, not sure; she swears that she just came to that conclusion by herself). Which is saying a lot, because perfume ads are some of the most formulaic out there.

But, I mean, it’s still better than this fakeover thing.

Dodsworth
Dodsworth
1 year ago

The money wasted on this could have been used for grill design.

Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
1 year ago
Reply to  Dodsworth

Hmm, I don’t know, if anything the grille department needs to be defunded.

Bobfish
Bobfish
1 year ago

106-year old attempts youth on social media. “So hacking still means 90’s movie hacking right? Not having your account hijacked for hate speech? I won’t check.”

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
1 year ago

Just remember BMW folks, this is where a chunk of your car payment goes.

Jason Snooks
Jason Snooks
1 year ago
Reply to  Cheap Bastard

Correction: This is where a chunk of your monthly seat heater and engine power subscriptions go.

Dogisbadob
Dogisbadob
1 year ago

inb4 BMW hasn’t been about driving for awhile LOL

Dee is to cars as Lockheed Martini is to defense :p

Remember LockheedMartini?

EVDesigner
EVDesigner
1 year ago

Is BMW trying to compete with Tesla on who can have the cringiest social media?

FUCK YOU
FUCK YOU
1 year ago
Reply to  EVDesigner

Still Tesla by a mile. No matter how much Twitter-cringe BMW generates, it can only be a subset of the cringey accomplishments (cringecomplishments?) of Elon’s Muskverse.

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
1 year ago

Just burn it all down.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
1 year ago

I just completely hate that we now live in a world where anything even remotely like this happens

Wuffles Cookie
Wuffles Cookie
1 year ago

A simple guide to tell if a social media account has actually been hacked:

Did it immediately start spamming ethnic slurs as fast as possible? No- not hacked. Yes- possibly hacked, possibly drunk, or possibly Kanye.

DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
1 year ago

I am sure the marketing department will get a congratulatory slap on the back, and a raise. Oor the head of the marketing department will and rightly so, fired on the spot, a huge kick in their asses on the way out the door. But, my bet is they get just a slap on the back and a hand shake. And being told “Good Job”.

Ron888
Ron888
1 year ago

The fact this was approved by the same management that OK’d current BMW grills, i’m going with slap on the back and a raise

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
1 year ago

…how about DEE……..Z NUTS?

Honestly, I’m breaking out in hives over the capitalization and punctuation being all over the place on a corporate account, and I don’t even herd social media cats anymore.

Jason Snooks
Jason Snooks
1 year ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

If they had thrown in a Deez nutz joke it might have redeemed the whole thing. I bet it was in the proposal and got cut for going too far.

Hold on, if Dee is the name of their new in-car AI, I fully expect to see an article here where every mention of Dee is replaced with “DeezNutz”.

Data
Data
1 year ago

I am doggo number 6.
Is that purple AI art where BMW meets the monolith and evolves?
All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there.

SlowCarFast
SlowCarFast
1 year ago

My high school daughter is receiving several (or more?) text messages every day from colleges recruiting her. Most, if not all of the attempts to appear casual, cool, and hip just make them look sad.

Writing a message to a future college student using all lower case, no punctuation, and abbreviated words does not look very academic. Or are we doing this college shopping thing wrong?

SlowCarFast
SlowCarFast
1 year ago
Reply to  SlowCarFast

Proof that social media is not easy for everyone.

Boxing Pistons
Boxing Pistons
1 year ago
Reply to  SlowCarFast

It is just so undignified and pathetic, especially for an established institution that wants tens of thousands per year to attend.

Jason Snooks
Jason Snooks
1 year ago
Reply to  SlowCarFast

I would reply back asking if the person who sent the text is a graduate of that institution. If so, I’d thank them for letting me know that their educational abilities are roughly aligned with kindergarten and ask them not to contact me again.

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
1 year ago

Jason, Please keep on being Jason. Never change

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