Don’t fuck with The Yes Men

This is what you get, when you mess with the Yes Men. BP haben den Yes Men eine Mail geschrieben, wegen angeblicher Copyright-Verletzung und Verwechslungsgefahr aufgrund einiger Seiten auf der Website der Kommunikations-Guerrilas. Die Antwort der Yes Man: eine eigene Domain für die Seiten und eine wirklich sehr nette Mail:

First of all, please allow me to say that we do completely understand and sympathize with the hurt that your company has every right in the world to feel, and we deeply apologize for occasioning this emotion.

And although we do know that there can be no excuse at all for this slight, I would beg your indulgence for just one minute, so that I might try to explain our side of the story, such as it is.

Back in 2006, we began preparing some satires on a number of companies that we considered to be the world’s prime malefactors, in order to help expose their monstrous crimes in a humorous way. These companies included ExxonMobil, Halliburton/KBR, and a number of other entities, including your own.

Sadly, while we did get around to fully realizing some of the spoofs – including the ones on Exxon and Halliburton – we actually *forgot* about yours shortly after we began work on it, and it thus remained in the execrable half-finished state in which, to your horror, you found it last week. It didn’t even have its own URL!

I would like to sincerely apologize to your company on behalf of the Yes Men. Like morons, we were misled by appearances. Like morons, we thought – or rather, felt – that the malefaction of those other companies was more… maleficent than your own.

Yes, we can be real morons sometimes. There is no doubt of that.

But I am here to tell you today that we are making efforts. We now understand that objectively, BP does every bit as much damage to this planet as does Exxon, Halliburton, or any other more obviously nefarious company, regardless of its carefully engineered professions of decency and concern. And we are ready today to prove our maturity, sincerity, and newfound intelligence by offering you a fully realized spoof of your own: http://beyond-petrol.com/. We have likewise deleted the offending pages you refer to below.

I know that our admissions today may be rubbing salt in your wounds, but I do hope that this website can in some way make amends. Any relationship, after all, must start from a place of truth and honesty, not deceit and subterfuge. This is the honest truth, and so this is where we begin.

Again, please accept our deepest apologies, and our hopes for a better future.

Yours most faithfully indeed,
The Yes Men


4 Kommentare

  1. 01

    Yes, men!

  2. 02

    Kapier ich nicht. Kannst du das nochmal für Doofe erklären?

  3. 03

    Die Yes Men machen Kunst, indem sie die Identitäten irgendwelcher „bösen“ Firmen und Organisationen annehmen. Dann geben sie zum Beispiel auf irgendwelchen Konferenzen wahnsinnig übertriebenen Blödsinn von sich – und niemand beschwert sich. Ergänzend gibt es gefälschte Websites, wie eben auch beyond-petrol.com …

  4. 04

    Sie sind wieder da! :) Gross!