The Yes Men Fix The World
The Yes Men are world renowned trouble-makers. They specialize in posing as representatives of big corporations they don’t like, making fake websites, and then waiting for people to accidentally invite them for interviews. They show up at press conferences masquerading as their adversaries and assertively rattle off contradictory information that exposes the truth. They do this as a way of making this world a better place. Sounds incongruous? Just watch this documentary and see.
In this second film by the Yes Men, they expose the industry players that are profiting off Hurricane Katrina, who’s behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and much more. The unconventional strategies employed by the Yes Men have gotten them into a lot of trouble. In fact, the US Chamber of Commerce, who fell prey to one of their famous hoaxes, is suing them. Part of the lawsuit demands that every copy of this documentary be destroyed. That, of course, means that it’s a must-see.
The Yes Men have masqueraded as representatives of corporations such as Exxon, Halliburton, Dow Chemical, and the U.S Federal Government. They have pulled some serious stunts that have left even the keenest reporters reeling and confused. Needless to say, they’ve upset a lot of really powerful people by revealing some of the best kept dirty little secrets. By using humor to remove the blindfolds off the average consumer, they have taken their role as activists to a whole new level. But the troublemaking duo stand by their tactics; sometimes it takes a lie to expose the truth.
Strangely enough, the “victims” whose hopes might be falsely raised by each hoax aren’t offended at all. They seem to understand that desperate times call for desperate measures and that stunts like this actually unmask the truth—the truth that something could have been done a long time ago to solve the problem, but wasn’t. According to Mike Bonanno, one of the two Yes Men, “If a few people at the top can make the bad news happen, then why can’t all of us at the bottom get together and make the good news happen for a change?”
Are their tactics somewhat extreme? Definitely. Do they get the desired results? I’ll let you figure that out for yourself.