Do you remember those fake copies of The New York Times — in which it was reported that the war in Iraq was over and Tom Friedman promised to quit publishing his opinions because his opinions are always so bad — that were floating around last year? Or when a supposed representative for Dow Chemical went onto BBC to announce their responsibility for the 1984 Bhopal disaster which killed nearly 4,000 people in Madhya Pradesh, India? Or when an apparent representative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development appeared before a post-Katrina a housing summit in New Orleans to announce that the department had changed its mind about tearing down undamaged low-income housing to make way for more profitable houses?
If you're familiar with any of that, then you're already familiar with The Yes Men, a couple of guys who have succeeded in elevated the common "prank" to a serious newsworthy sociopolitical activism.
The DVD of The Yes Men Fix the World, a documentary chronicling their story, comes out (appropriately enough) on April 1st…
And here's an exclusive deleted scene that has been made available to us…
Wow, that looks awful, doesn't it. April Fools! Just kidding! It looks great! I mean, two guys getting dressed and having a shave? I could probably watch a full-length documentary about dressing and shaving. All the pranks and stuff are really just filler, as I see it. How did that footage ever end up on the cutting room floor, anyway? I hope that editor was prank-fired.
Anyway, I've always been a fan of The Yes Men, but up till now I've only gotten to enjoy them in little bursts on YouTube. So, I'm psyched to now have a nice solid block of material to watch.
Tags: India, Iraq, New York Times, Thomas Friedman