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The Yes Men Fix the World

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The Yes Men are anti-corporate pranksters who create phony Web sites to get themselves invited to high-level corporate conferences and media events – where they give hilarious, Swiftian analyses that unmask global injustice and satirize human rights abuses. They are the 21st century’s answer to Timothy Leary’s proselytizing for acid and Ken Kesey’s busload of hipsters. The big difference is that they care less about changing minds than changing policy. But announcing, as spokespeople for Dow Chemical, that they will at last take full financial responsibility for the victims of Bhopal, they create a media sensation that embarrasses the real powers that be. And, outfitted in their wacky “survival ball” getups, the Yes Men address a room full of straight-laced suits who don’t think there’s anything funny about going to insane lengths to assure one’s personal safety in the event of any and all calamities. The Yes Men don’t exactly speak truth to power. But their hearts are in the right place — right next to their funny bones

 

The Yes Men: Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno

On the way to the presentation of Dow’s “Acceptable Risk” calculator

Jude Finisterra appearing on the BBC, on behalf of Dow Chemical, to take responsibility for the Bhopal disaster.

Conference attendees learn the origins of their Vivoleum candles.

Halliburton presenting the SurvivaBall.

Rene Oswin sitting alongside New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin during a press conference on housing

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