Yay for the Yes Men
Everybody’s talking about the spoof New York Times (this link is to a pdf) distributed last week, announcing the end of the Iraq war. The major entity involved in the spoof was a media activist group called the Yes Men. They also created a spoof NY Times web site.
I had the privilege of meeting Yes Man extraordinaire Andy Bichlbaum last night at a screening of their documentary film.
After my heady indoctrination into the world of Yes-Manigans I did some research, and I found out that the Yes Men did a spoof involving “Captain Euro“ - a strangely naziesque comic/cartoon action hero, created by PR firm Twelve Stars Corporate Vision Strategists, advocating Eurofederalism to children.
Apparently the Yes Men dressed up as Captain Euro characters and interviewed real children in London. Then they showed up at the offices of the PR agency, were welcomed, and asked the questions (without revealing their source.) Twelve Star’s Eduardo DeSantis was delighted to answer, and finally proclaimed “This is what I like about America. Any idea is accepted - without discussion!”
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Here’s something fascinating–The Yes Men’s arch enemies, Bureaucrash, are anti-bureaucracy libertarian-anarchist activists, doing similar hoaxes! These guys threw paint on the Yes Men when they attempted to infiltrate Libertarian think tank the Cato Institute.
One of the members of Bureaucrash, Ian Freeman, has been thrown in jail for not hauling away a rotted couch that’s on his lawn. Freeman calls it the “freedom couch”.
The Yes Men have very funny videos for sale (it’s hard to find them posted online.) This is a store site that sells their videos and books.