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The Yes Men Fix the World

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« on: May 13, 2010, 11:40:13 am »

Special Price, New Release: "The Yes Men Fix the World" DVD: The Ultimate Anti-Big Corporate Culture Jammers Who Know How to Comically Mess Up the Masters of the Universe.
By the Yes Men's Review (excerpt)
Winners of a recent BuzzFlash Wings of Justice Award, The Yes Men Reveal the Predatory Reality of Global Corporations Through Ingenious Mind-Boggling humor.

"The Yes Men Fix the World is a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks.

Armed with little more than cheap thrift-store suits, the Yes Men squeeze raucous comedy out of all the ways that corporate greed is destroying the planet."

Part performance art, part political activism, the feats that the Yes Men pull off in their second DVD release, The Yes Men Fix the World, are meant to humorously enlighten their audience about corporate greed and stupidity. While their skits take pontificating from a soapbox to a whole new level, duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno have a self-deprecating, analytical side that makes their approach slightly less threatening and didactic than that of Michael Moore, the director-activist they bear comparison with. As in Moore's documentary Capitalism: A Love Story, the Yes Men here also critique what they call the "free-market cult" of businessmen who value the dollar over human life. In their documentary-style film, they chronicle the challenges, successes, and failures of impersonating high-level executives to mockingly infiltrate conservative systems.

The film opens with the Yes Men posing as DOW representatives appearing on the BBC to falsely announce that DOW will pay millions in retributions to comfort Indian civilians following an industrial disaster in Bhopal. Next, they sneak into a petroleum-industry conference as Exxon reps introducing candles made of rendered human flesh as alternative fuel sources. To save wealthy future hurricane victims, they fake a meeting in post-Katrina New Orleans to model ridiculous balloon suits for emergency victims and then pose as HUD members announcing that homeless evicted citizens are welcome back into their boarded-up homes. Humor ensues when businessmen accept their proposals de facto, with no questions or sense of the absurd. For each performance, the Yes Men prep, research, and build elaborate presentations, and best, they ready themselves for press that comes after they're exposed as fakes. Their practice is moralistic and controversial, but they feel it is effective for exposing corruption to enact real change. While the film does focus on the Yes Men and their performances, they have ample documentary footage interviewing citizens reacting to their activism. For the most part, rather than taking offense, people understand and band together, illustrating how the Yes Men's desire to work for the common good is rewarded with real human connection."


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The Yes Men are Underappreciated for Their Ingenious Exposure of the Absurdity and Danger of Big Corporations Through Humor.

They are the brilliant live action satirists of the global corporate world who expose the destructive globalized corporate forces for what they are.

Their courage, poise and humor is remarkable.
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