I'm not in the mood to talk about it since it's my backyard (live in Mobile). Jokes don't bother me either, but I still feel most people don't understand how bad it is. Over in Pensacola, it's really washing up on the beach and it was closed earlier this week for 3 days. Heavy machinary and BP workers currently dominate the scene, not tourists. Ripple effect is hotels are recording a ton of cancellations. As you can imagine the rest of the local economy gets hurt as well such as restaurants, stores, etc. Don't even want to get into all those that depend on the water such as fishermen for their immediate livelihood.
Environmentally, it is really wrecking havoc too. In talking to a guy who I randomly met at blockbuster (he's responsible for setting up BP's computer network in Mobile) it's alot worse than the public knows. Boats out in the ocean are running into all sorts of dead wildlife such as a number of dead dolphins. Oysters won't likely be edible for at least 4 years in contaminated areas. They still aren't sure how long fish and other sources of food will be N/A.
Most of the allure that is the Gulf Shores won't likely be the same for a really long time for most residents down here.
EDIT: Forgot to mention that many have put their last bit of hope into Kevin Costner's Miracle Healing Powers