Hijinks

Most of the hijinks below were undertaken by the Yes Men together with partner organizations. For some of them we did most of the work, but for some we just gave some advice. If you're inspired to try something like one of these on your own, check out our cookbook and get cracking!

Reveal date: Nov 18 2010 Tagged: Apple, iPhone

In the fall of 2010 a slick Apple website announced an exciting new ethical product launch: the iPhone4 CF. "CF" stands for conflict-free, which "Apple" promised its new phone would be—i.e. its minerals wouldn't be sourced from conflict-ridden regions like the Democratic Republic of Congo, where battles over mining rights have fueled countless atrocities and massacres. The project was developed by students from the New School in New York, Friends of the Congo, and the Yes Lab.

Reveal date: Oct 19 2010 Tagged: Detournement, Environment, Human rights, Oil industry

Truth in advertising? Chevron's "We Agree" faux-street-art "greenwashing" ad campaign was completely derailed when Rainforest Action Network, Amazon Watch and the Yes Lab created a satirical version of their own. When Chevron's real campaign-launch announcement was preempted with the launch of a much more honest version on Chevron's behalf, a comedy of errors ensued, with many media outlets reporting on Chevron's uncharacteristic self-reflection on its past misdeeds, especially the toxic mess the oil giant has left in Ecuador. A truer-to-life poster and TV ad campaign followed.

Reveal date: Jul 14 2010 Tagged: debt, France, Haiti, YL

An ad-hoc group called CRIME (Committee for the Reimbursement of Indemnity Money Extorted from Haiti) to announce, on France’s behalf, the repayment of €17 billion to Haiti in relief aid—a payment equal to France extorted from Haiti in 1804 as a condition for their independence. France's odd legalistic reaction meant oodles of press for the project.

Reveal date: Dec 14 2009 Tagged: Canada, climate change, Copenhagen, emissions, government hoax, UNFCCC

Blame Canada? During the U.N. sponsored climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, heavy CO2 emitter Canada surprised many, including its own negotiators, by acknowledging the historic climate debt that rich countries owe the developing world, which scientists predict will bear the most dramatic impacts of climate change.

Reveal date: Oct 19 2009

BREAKING 06/13/13 11:30am - Yes Men Win Legal Battle with US Chamber of Commerce: Despondent Activists Mourn Lawsuit Withdrawal

Reveal date: Sep 23 2009 Tagged: climate change, Environment, new york post, newspaper

New York's favorite tabloid got a face-lift of sorts one day before the city hosted a major UN summit on climate change. Distributed by over 2000 volunteers throughout New York City, an eco-conscious but otherwise pitch-perfect replica of the New York Post, created by a coalition of activists including the Yes Men, was handed out across the city as a wake-up call to action on climate change.

Reveal date: Nov 6 2008 Tagged: climate change, New York Times, war

A week after the historic presidential election that brought Barack Obama to the White House, the Yes Men were joined by hundreds of independent writers, artists, and activists in an elaborate project, six months in the making, to release a "special edition" of the New York Times in cities across the U.S.

Reveal date: May 17 2008 Tagged: climate change, Exxon, oil

Impostors posing as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council representatives delivered an outrageous keynote speech to 300 oilmen at Canada's largest oil conference.

Reveal date: May 17 2008

We set up a fake TV studio and convinced a powerful French politician he was on right-wing American talk show!

Reveal date: Jan 1 2008

Survivaballs armada assails the UN and the US Capitol...

Reveal date: Nov 6 2006 Tagged: Africa, Free Market, Slavery, Wharton

At a Wharton Business School conference on business in Africa, World Trade Organization representative Hanniford Schmidt announced the creation of a WTO initiative for "full private stewardry of labor" for the parts of Africa that have been hardest hit by the 500 years of Africa's free trade with the West.

Reveal date: Aug 8 2006 Tagged: Housing, HUD, New Orleans

The Yes Men get themselves invited to the Gulf Coast Reconstruction Conference as HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the wake of Katrina, HUD has collaborated with large private developers in tearing down public housing, despite a dire need for it. In the Yes Men's version, HUD behaves quite differently.

Reveal date: May 30 2006 Tagged: climate change, Global Warming, Halliburton, Survivaball

An advanced new technology will keep corporate managers safe even when climate change makes life as we know it impossible.

Reveal date: May 13 2005 Tagged: Dow

"Jude Finisterra" (Andy Bichlbaum) and Mike Bonanno addressed the board at Dow's Annual General Meeting.

Reveal date: Apr 28 2005 Tagged: Dow, Ethics

At a banking conference to which they had accidentally been invited, "Dow representative" Erastus Hamm unveiled "Acceptable Risk," a Dow industry standard for determining how many deaths are acceptable when achieving large profits.

Reveal date: Dec 1 2004 Tagged: Bhopal, Corporate Crime, Dow, Industrial Disaster

"Dow spokesperson" Jude Finisterra appears live on the BBC, ecstatic to make the announcement: Dow will accept full responsibility for the Bhopal disaster.

Reveal date: May 30 2004 Tagged: Bush, climate change, Global Warming

Representing the G.W. Bush campaign, we ask businesspeople on lunch break to sign our petition about global warming—as solution, not problem.

Reveal date: Apr 30 2004 Tagged: Austerity, climate change, Heritage Foundation, Right Wing Extremism

Mike and Andy crash the Heritage Foundation’s annual meeting in Chicago...

Reveal date: Dec 3 2002 Tagged: Bhopal, Dow, Industrial Disaster

On the eighteenth anniversary of the disaster at Bhopal, a press release was sent out by Dow-Chemical.com, telling Dow's story more honestly than Dow ever does.

Reveal date: May 1 2002 Tagged: World Trade Organization, WTO

Mike and Andy announce that the WTO has finally understood that corporate globalization is hurting the little guy, and has to therefore shut down completely...

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