By: Eveline Hartz
Walk Your Talk, Put Your Money on the Same Path!
Monday, September 26 @ 7 p.m.
Film Screening:THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD.
UUCA, 6320 Main St. Williamsville, 14221 (Parking/entrance in back)
From the jacket: " A wickedly fun skewering of corporate greed, THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is the true story of two mischief-makers who pose as the representatives of companies they despise. In this wonderfully therapeutic film, Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno impose cosmic (and comic) justice by any means necessary."
This is the sequel of The Yes Men Movie. The film consists of a several pranks on major corporations and governmental agencies that are performed by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno who fancy themselves serious anti-globalization activists.
The two pose as executives from Exxon, Dow Chemical, Halliburton and the H.U.D. They give faux corporate interviews pretending to be DOW executives in which they supposedly announce setting up a $12 billion fund for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal disaster that killed 1,773 people.
The BBC fell for this prank and aired the faux interview. This caused DOW’s stock plummet. Our mindless heroes celebrate their power, but fail to realize that most of DOW’s stock is held by pension funds; in other words, regular working class retirees.
The dynamic duo conveniently found a few such victims who claimed to enjoy the hoax and its impact on DOW’s stock.
I printed out this rather negative review above because of the sentence that is highlighted. It is meant to make us feel angry towards the heroes of this film for destroying pensions of regular working class retirees - never mind what happened in Bhopal or chemical factory accidents here in the US. It separates the investor from the business practices of the company invested in. But if a person believes in any kind of social justice issue such as living wages, food diversity, peace, etc. then they had better know what companies their pension plans have invested in. In fact, no one should blindly invest in any company/401 K/mutual fund/IRA, etc. simply because of the profit to be gained. Rather than turning a blind eye, the companies an individual is invested in need close scrutiny. This is called socially responsible investing. We walk our talk, we also need to put our money on the same path. Come check out World on Your Plate Food and Sustainable Living Forum, Jeffrey Goldfarb from Goldfarb Financial, who along with Adam Goldfarb and Chintan Shukla, will be presenting a workshop on just that - Socially Responsible and Sustainable Investing.