I think one of the biggest takeaway from watching ‘The Yes Men Fix The World’ was just how quickly the companies the Yes Men were impersonating were quick to call their antics ‘cruel.’ I agree that they undeniably gave many individuals false hope that the injustices created by various corporations would be righted. However, the irony of these corporations calling the Yes Men’s actions ‘cruel’ verges on ridiculous; a corporation that allows thousands to suffer from the negligence of a company they bought out, with seemingly no qualms and no intention to provide adequate retribution to the affected, calling the Yes Men’s actions a ‘cruel hoax’? Additionally, it was frightening to watch the segments in which the Yes Men speak with economists. Such a complete disregard for the well-being of the individual is mind-blowing, though not entirely unsurprising – the system we live in does, after all, enable to ridiculous wealth of the 1%.
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