Fixing The World: Compassionate Slavery, B'eau-Pal Water, Climate-Change-Victim Candles

Abby Zimet

The Yes Men, fearless gonzo anti-corporate activists supreme, are on the big screen. Their new movie The Yes Men Fix the World, debuting Monday on HBO, follows Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno as they infiltrate, imitate, confound and mortify the minions of Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobil, Halliburton and their ilk. Their capers include a  fake BBC news story, broadcast globally, that Dow Chemical would contribute $12 billion to the victims of the Bhopal disaster; a speech at an oil conference advocating that victims of climate change be turned into "Vivoleum candles; and advocacy of "compassionate slavery" at a business conference on Africa. They were on Democracy Now! today. They are very funny. They are also very serious. On a fake NY Times they published this fall, imagining the Iraq War over and other ills gone:

"It was about a world that we could see if
we rise up and make it happen."

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

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