The Yes Men are an activist group known for satirical interventions at business events, in the streets, and in the media.
Armed with nothing but fake websites and thrift store suits, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno impersonate corporate evildoers in order to draw attention to their crimes against humanity and the environment.
Their hit list includes some of the biggest climate criminals, targeting planet – plundering entities such as Shell Oil, Gazprom, and the US Chamber of Commerce.
They knocked billions of dollars off Dow Chemical’s stock value while exposing the environmental disaster in Bhopal. Recently, they launched a mock edition of the Washington Post announcing President Trump’s abdication, with headlines detailing a new vision of the American social contract including Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, universal basic income and an end to mass incarceration.
They tackled the beef industry’s massive role in the California drought by asking consumers to skip showers for each burger consumed.
They called the NRA on its racist agenda by launching “Share the Safety”: a fake “buy one, give one” program to get guns into the hands of those actually threatened by the police and other government agents.
In the ethical hacking world they are known as masters of “social engineering” and have keynoted the HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth) conference in New York and Re:Publica in Berlin. At Northern Europe’s largest music festival, The Yes Men collaborated with digital rights activist Edward Snowden to pull off a prank that exposed the collusion of various European governments in US surveillance programs.
Their irreverent tactics have a proven track record of hijacking the public dialogue worldwide about the issues of the day, such as free trade, global capitalism, and global warming.
They’ve discovered that tackling huge issues with humor and fearlessness is a powerful tool for change. And now they want everyone to get involved in the fight.