The Yes Men
Post-Punk’d activists Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum use identity as a Trojan Horse to invade the fortress of globalization. Lo-fi DV-documented by Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, and Chris Smith, The Yes Men is hilarious, horrific, and ultimately achy earnest. Along with a group of geek supporters, Bonanno/Bichlbaum, aka “The Yes Men,” create a fake World Trade Organization site, pass as WTO reps, and give increasingly absurd/obscene PowerPoint presentations to free-trade pros keen on the latest in environmental abuse, sweatshops, and child labor. Bonanno and Bichlbaum insist that slavery wasn’t wrong and propose improved “remote labor” initiatives. The Cheney-esque elite nod along and take notes. Bichlbaum then rips off his three-piece to reveal a gold lamé “Management Leisure Suit” underneath—complete with arm-long phallus. Still, no reaction. Suited lizards run the world, it seems. It’s only when they argue to some Pittsburgh college students that recycling feces will solve world hunger that they encounter outrage. Maybe the kids are still all right after all.