Armed only with cheap suits, fake websites, a few props and nuts the size of Survivaballs, the Yes Men have become infamous for infiltrating corporate events pretending to be spokesmen for government agencies or some of the world's most powerful companies. Once inside, they either announce that the group they're representing has had a change of heart and is now looking to correct its most egregious crimes, or they attempt to market products to their corporate audiences that are so odious and offensive that they highlight the cold-hearted greed of the companies that might sell them, as well as those who would buy them. And they make you laugh while they do it.
After a successful premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the Yes Men's new documentary, The Yes Men Fix the World, is slowly rolling out to select theaters across the US (go here to find out where/when it's playing near you). The film highlights some of their most recent stunts, as well as an all-out attack on Milton Friedman's anti-regulation free market ideology.
Watch my ReThink Review of The Yes Men Fix the World below.
While The Yes Men Fix the World has its flaws, these guys are doing great work, including their recent stunt at the Chamber of Commerce. The COC -- unlike Dow Chemical, Halliburton, or any of the other companies the Yes Men have spoofed -- are actually suing them for trademark infringement, unfair advertising and for refusing to take down the Yes Men's fake COC site, Chamber-of-Commerce.us (which also has a hilarious fake press release from the COC about the lawsuit). They also are apparently planning something for Copenhagen climate talks in December.
See me discuss The Yes Men Fix the World with Cenk Uygur on the Young Turks XM/Air America radio show.
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