Using clever hoaxes, the two activists use their hilarious pranks to skewer corporate fat-cats.
When is a hoax morally justified? In this "Borat"ized era of virtual news and escams, this question is more than academic. In its own jokey way, "The Yes Men Fix the World" aims to answer it.
The Yes Men are Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno (not their real names) and their latest documentary is a series of attacks on corporate malfeasance. Creating fake websites and pretending to be spokesmen for such bastions of capitalism as ExxonMobil and Halliburton, the men are, amazingly, invited to speak at corporate conferences, where they offer up their outlandish proposals in pitch-perfect technospeak. Usually they are quickly found out, but not before they make their point (or PowerPoint).
You may have heard of the Yes Men from their phony, expert mock-up last November of The New York Times, which was distributed free of charge throughout the city to the unsuspecting and featured such headlines as "Iraq War Ends" and "Patriot Act Repealed." The rationale behind this prank, according to the Yes Men, was principled: They wanted to emblazon a wish list of hopes for the future.