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An Evening with Activist Group The Yes Men

Posted in artists by Owen on April 3, 2010

The Yes Men are activists and self-professed anti-corporate hoaxers who expose the world’s biggest criminals. They create fake websites that are similar to the corporations or peoples they wish to spoof and then they are accidentally invited to make public appearances as their personas. When they make appearances, they tend to make satirical and shocking comments that they believe expose the true intent of the organization they are targeting. Many times, people don’t even realize that they have been involved in the hoax and fake news stories are run about possible disaster scenarios.

One of The Yes Men’s most famous hoaxes involve creating a fake website entitled http://www.gwbush.com during the 2000 elections, which caused the future president to say that the site had gone too far in its criticisms of him and “there ought to be limits on freedom”. They also notoriously posed as members of the World Trade Organization by creating a fake website. When they were contacted to appear for a group of distinguished individuals, they did so. During that presentation they encouraged corporations to buy votes directly from citizens and unveiled a gold spandex bodysuit that they claimed would increase productivity by tracking employees through sensors in the suit. They’ve posed as members of Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, the United States Department of Housing and Development after Hurricane Katrina, and many other groups.

Their antics have lead to a film called The Yes Men, a documentary called Info Wars, and a book entitled The Yes Men: The True Story of the End of the World Trade Organization. The two frontmen for the group, under the aliases Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, premiered The Yes Men Fix the World at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and launched their own online video channel, Babelgum.

The Yes Men will be speaking at Club Downunder about their antics and successes as activists and hoaxers while using a multimedia presentation featuring props and clips from their new and classic antics. This event is co-sponsored between Center for Participant Education and Union Productions and provided by Evil Twin Booking.

Tues. April 6: An Evening with Activist Group The Yes Men
Club Downunder // doors 8:30PM, show 9:30PM
Free for FSU students
GP $5
18+

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