During the height of Occupy Wall Street this action was performed by a group of 'occupiers' with the critical support of the Yes Men. The clowns were arrested and the matador escaped the bull.
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- Bank of America
- Brian Moynihan
- Chamber of Commerce
- Climate Change
- Dorli Rainey
- Kulluk Rig
- Occupy Seattle
- Occupy Wall Street
- Offshore drilling
- PR Fail
- Seattle Space Needle
- Shell Oil
- Wall Street
- Wall Street Bull
- bug business
- full-length movie
- market values
- mortgage fraud
- pepper spray
- pump malfunction
Did you catch the video of the private party hosted by Shell Oil in Seattle at the Seattle Space Needle last week? The party was to be a celebration of the impending offshore drilling operations into the Arctic, complete with a replica of the Kulluk oil rig that will be doing the drilling, and inviting the widow of the man who designed the rig to symbolically tap the arctic and fill her glass with some alcoholic drink pouring from the top of the miniature rig. But lo and behold the rig's pump malfunctions and spews all over the elderly widow! Epic PR Fail!
What ensued therein was a marvel to behold, people frantically trying to stop the spewing "oil rig," only to find that nothing was working as it should. Pure comedy gold that was way to good to be true, which can only mean...The Yes Men!
But who was the charming elderly widow? Also, I didn't think the Yes Men had delved into ecological issues before, so was there another accomplice? Watch the video up at the top and find out how this delicious hoax that fooled several mainstream media news outlets and went viral was pulled off and who the cast of characters were.
Watch the video below to see the original spoof Shell Oil party video in full:
THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is a true story about two political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, make their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks.
This peer-to-peer special edition features never before seen footage of the Yes Men imitating the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has been released under a free-to-share license.
Written, Directed and Produced by .......... Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno
Co-Director ........................................ Kurt Engfehr
Special Appearance .............................. Reggie Watts
Editor ............................................... April Merl
Additional Editing ............................... Johnny Burke
Animation .......................................... Patrick Lichty
Original Music .................................... Neel Murgai and Noisola
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In a personal letter on the website from the CEO of Your Bank of America, Brian Moynihan (I'm sure we can get someone else to fill that spot soon enough!):
Dear Fellow American,
Welcome to your Bank of America.
Today, it's time to acknowledge that our Bank isn't working anymore—not just for the market, but for people, our real customers. We've paid $8.58 billion in relief to borrowers and $3.24 billion in fines. We face lawsuits and claims from citizens, companies, and state and local governments. There is even a petition with the Federal Reserve to break up our bank, adding yet more uncertainty to our position. Finally, we've found ourselves front-and-center in the national foreclosure crisis, and deep in unpopular investments like coal, at a time when climate change is a growing societal concern.
As a result, our company’s shares have fallen precipitously, and now trade at one-fifth their 2008 price. Our Bank may, in fact, soon need help keeping afloat—and much as in 2008, you, the American taxpayer, will be asked to provide that assistance.
The institutions you rescued in 2008 have continued much as they always were, engaging in the same practices that brought our economy so close to collapse. To make sure that this time around, things turn out differently, we at Bank of America are launching a forum in which you, the American taxpayer, can prepare for the time that you own us. By sharing ideas, and reading and rating the ideas of others, you can begin charting a course for this Bank—your course.
And when the day comes that you, the American taxpayer, own this Bank, you will be ready to make it a Bank for America—one that brings benefits not to the privileged only, but to all of our customers, and to all of our stakeholders too.
Welcome to your Bank of America.
Brian T. Moynihan
Chief Executive Officer
Be sure to visit Your Bank of America soon -- while it's still there -- and submit your ideas in the ideas section.