I really enjoyed watching The Yes Men. I thought it was a thought provoking film and it was really incredible how much they were able to pull off. They would always make headlines with their hoaxes, and then make headlines again when their hoaxes were exploited. Both ways, they still got their message out there and were bringing awareness to the issues they wanted to. However, I think it’s important to acknowledge that both of the Yes Men are white, cisgender men who had access to a lot of resources. They do have privilege and I can’t help but wonder how their activism would have been received by the public if that weren’t the case. How do you guys think big corporations and news networks would react to the Yes Men if they were women, people of color, queer, etc.? How would viewers react to them?

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  1. maddiemcc19 says:

    This is also something I was thinking about while watching. I thought they did an effective job of using their white privilege because they were literally welcomed anywhere they went and were taken seriously in the roles they assumed, but were doing it knowing the policies don’t affect them the most directly, specially with the factory accident in India and Hurricane Katrina. I think the movie would have been improved, however, with their expression of this privilege in a non-White-Savior-Complex mindset.

  2. ariatung says:

    I think their positionality as White, cisgender men definitely gave them a different reaction from media, viewers, etc. White cisgender men are beyond privileged, and this allowed them to succeed with their activism and voice their opinions. If they were POC, or LGBTQ or any other sort of minority, women, I think they would maybe have gotten more criticism or different reactions.

  3. alicecmullin says:

    This is a great point. While I appreciate that they were using their privilege to do things like this, I think they could have still been more self aware. For instance, maybe going to India first to talk to the people there about how they felt instead of going after.

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