Hijinks/

All hijinks... ever

These are projects carried out over the years by Yes Men and their activist partners. For the full, gory stories behind them, take a peek behind the curtain.
Bank of England Goes Green
Fake news!!! But what else can you do when the central bank of a rather important country seems to have no clue whatsoever how to stop climate catastrophe? Bankers and climate activists alike were surprised when the UK’s central Bank of England…
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Doctors for Opening America
No president ever positioned himself more as a god than Donald Trump. And this god demanded human sacrifice. Could we warn the victims in time? Inspired by our 2012 project against Shell, we tried making a website to do just that, by supposedly…
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Belfast Gets Brilliant
Belfast City Council, under pressure from citizens, cancelled a massive investor-focused development project in order to focus on social housing instead. They did so with an announcement at a big manufacturing conference, on bus stops and billboards…
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Peace Pipeline
An "Indigenous pipeline company" began demonstratively destroying Duluth, beginning with "sacred remains relocations" at Duluth cemeteries (one clumsy team kept dropping a casket as horrified churchgoers looked on), construction surveys at Duluth's…
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Nats Never Die
On 30 September 2019, a horde of apartheid-era zombies rose from the grave to attend a "#NatsNeverDie rally" at the Cape Town Civic Centre. They were there to "support" the Cape Town city government's policies—increasingly similar to those of the…
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Weapons to Windmills
Early Monday morning, journalists gathered for a press conference at the Zurich Hauptbahnhof were treated to a surprising announcement: the Swiss arms manufacturer RUAG would no longer make and sell arms abroad. Given the state of the world, said “…
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Yenning for a Coal-Free Future
One day after a hoax impersonation shamed Mizuho and other banks for financing new coal power plants against their own industry standards, the real Mizuho announced that they plan to limit their coal-financing policies in the future. Sadly, that…
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BlackRock Does the Right Thing
In the early morning of January 16, a few hours before announcing their fourth-quarter 2018 earnings, Laurence Fink, CEO of the biggest asset management company, received an email copy of his annual letter to investors. There was just one problem:…
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Trump Is Over - If You Want It
Early on January 16, thousands of commuters in Washington, D.C. were handed a spitting image of the Washington Post (click for online version), dated May 1, 2019. In the paper — the result of a women-led six-month project — Trump had fled office…
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VW Commits to Ending Fossil Fuel Addiction
In the wake of their criminal diesel emissions scandal, a repentant “Volkswagen” announced that they were going to launch an all-out war on climate change—starting with the behavior at the root of the problem: our addiction to fossil fuels. The…
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Somos El Muro (We Are the Wall)
A group of ultra-right, pro-Trump Mexicans announce a solution to Trump's wall-building difficulties: they themselves will be that wall. In fact they already are: xenophobic Mexicans routinely make life difficult for Central American migrants, and…
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RefuGreenErgy
In central Brussels, hundreds of spectators witnessed, with approval or horror, a slick new tech startup, RefuGreenErgy, that converts the power of bicycling refugees into electrical energy—giving the refugees 24-hour periods of amnesty and 1.60…
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DNC Takeback
One week after Democrats in Congress announced their new "populist" agenda—“A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future”—the Yes Men, posing as DNC representatives, took to the stage at the Politicon conference in Pasadena, CA (and live…
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Trump Election Reporting Devices
The morning after the November 2016 election, our plan was to announce, in the name of the defeated Trump, a new Trump voting machine that would make sure the 2020 election went better than this one. The idea was to shock triumphant Clinton voters…
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Anger Marketing at Roskilde
140,000 people came to see some of the biggest musical acts, speakers, and events at Roskilde Festival 2016, not far from Copenhagen, Denmark. But many were dismayed to find posted signs at entrances stating the festival would be collecting and…
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NRA Shares the Safety
Watch film here! At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, National Rifle Association spokesperson Hensley Cocker proudly unveiled Share the Safety, a “buy one, give one” program designed to get guns into the hands of…
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UN Ends the War on Drugs
During the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem—whose dates strangely centered on April 20, or 4/20—the LA Times quoted the UN's new plan to decriminalize marijuana, end the war on drugs, and puts its…
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Pfizer Drops Drug Prices
Outside their headquarters in New York City, a Pfizer spokesperson gave a shocking announcement on April 1, 2016. “Pfizer will be cutting the price of over 100 medicines.” Cheers rang out from the nearly 100 activists gathered in expectation of this…
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Fake websites

Because a so-called fake website started the Yes Men, we've made dozens more over the years. These websites represent our opponents more transparently than they ever present themselves—making these true websites, not fake! Also, whereas sinister people use trickery to get outcomes, we reveal hoaxes to mobilize.
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Talks

These are the presentations we've made at corporate conferences over the years. For maximum effect, wear ill-fitting shoes and slouch in a folding chair as you click through them.

Videos

These are a few standalone short pieces we or our partners have made. For videos that reveal actions, are used within actions, or come out of actions, see our hijinks videos page.
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Fake Press Releases

These are fake press releases (and other media) used in our actions.