The Yes Men are Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, two sly characters who together pull off some of the most elaborate and silly pranks. Their targets are big business firms and multinational organizations that appear to favor profits over everything else. One of their favorite ploys is creating a false website and responding to media inquiries for appearances on television or at events.
The "Yes Men Fix the World" is a hysterical political comedy that premiered in New York on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. The film’s official Web site indicates that the movie will open nationwide October 20, 2009. The film received standing applause at the Sundance Film Festival last January according to their Web site.
One of their pranks in the movie involves a famous appearance on the BBC World television program. Bichlbaum is interviewed live for several minutes as a Dow Chemical official who takes responsibility for a horrible catastrophe that really occurred in Bhopal, India, in 1984. Without breaking his cover, he successfully impersonates a Dow spokesperson and declares generous compensation will be given to the victims involved in the disaster.
The Yes Men are also famous for a fabricated New York Times newspaper that they distributed in 2009. The event, which was widely reported around the country, is also featured in the new film. The fictitious newspaper contains 14 pages of stories with the headline the "Iraq War Ends" on the front cover. The newspaper’s quality was astonishing to say the least.
The Yes Men’s new documentary consists of sophisticated hoaxes and ridiculous props that will impress anyone regardless of the politics involved. In the West there has been an upsurge in opposition to global capitalism in recent years. Democratic, large-scale movements that seek to influence economic policy dominated by elites are not limited to the Third World anymore. The Yes Men are clearly in favor of raising awareness about the adverse effects of global capitalism and corporate greed. Their absurd activism is also great humor.