Edelman CEO slams the naked protesters that infiltrated agency HQ

Edelman's CEO said the naked protesters that infiltrated his offices yesterday are using 'old-fashioned PR'.

Naked protest: Edelman's London HQ
Naked protest: Edelman's London HQ

Climate Camp demonstrated at Edelman’s headquarters in Victoria yesterday morning. Six naked protesters occupied the lobby and superglued their hands together. Others climbed up on to the roof. A flash mob also arrived, using loudspeakers and sound systems to disrupt the offices for 45 minutes.

But Edelman’s CEO Robert Philips said that the protesters were not interested in having a discussion with Edelman about the issues.

'The protesters didn't seem very organised. We offered them a conversation, but that seemed to confuse them. They are engaged in old-fashioned PR, stuck in the mid 1980s. They just wanted to make noise rather than get their point across through conversation', he said.

Edelman was targeted for its work with client EON, which owns the controversial Kingsnorth power station, the planned site of a new coal-fire power station. It is the second time the agency has been targeted for its work with EON. It was visited by activists from Oxford Climate Action in July 2008.

The Climate Camp 2009 activists said they wanted to ‘expose the naked truth behind Edelman’. Activist Alice Fielding said: ‘Edelman are nothing more than new coal spin doctors, intent on making profit out of EON’s activities at the expense of the global climate.’

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