The Yes Men
We are the internationally known mischief-making collective whose unique brand of activism, which we call “identity correction,” is documented in two award-winning films, THE YES MEN and THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD. Armed with nothing but thrift store suits, we impersonate big-time corporate criminals (targets have included such heavyweights as the World Trade Organization, Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobil, and Halliburton) in order to draw attention to their crimes against humanity and the environment. We’ve discovered that delivering hard-boiled issues with huge dollops of laughter is a powerful way to reach mainstream audiences. Our low-budget actions have drawn regular coverage from all the major news outlets (the New York Times, CNN, Reuters, AP, AFP, BBC, NPR, and more). This means that normally under-reported issues get highlighted, such as Dow Chemical’s attempts to evade responsibility for the Bhopal chemical plant disaster, the US Chamber of Commerce’s attempts to kill climate legislation, and the US Government’s shuttering of available low-income housing in post-Katrina New Orleans.