Hypothetical situation; rewind to 2002 when the United States was trying to wrangle international support for the invasion of Iraq. During a UN Conference, what if Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy (unrecognized) posed as representatives from the Canadian delegation and submitted phony press releases that Canada was going to invade Iraq? Do you suspect that Liberal pundits would be furious over American comedians impersonating Canadian officials and submitting phony press releases under the Canadian name? Somehow I suspect that Liberals would be demanding and pursuing criminal charges, and yet when the Yes Men do the same prank, the Liberal bloggers are doing back flips!
I am strongly recommending the Canadian Government pursue legal action against the Yes Men, now that they have claimed credit for the failed gag. And make no mistake, while the Liberal media was quick to jump on this as an elaborate trick that caused significant damage to the Canadian Government, ultimately it did not work as intended. When the story first broke, I was skeptical that it was the yes men because their M/O revolves around a gag or joke. This stunt had no humour in it. We later learned that the joke was supposed to be to trick Jim Prentice to defending a press release that he never made, but the Canadian delegation did not take the bait. The bit collapsed before the objective was accomplished. The government was forced to release a statement that they would not meet those objectives, which could be viewed a minor victory for the criminal activity.
I have listened to interviews with these dipshits before, at least one on the Adam Carolla Podcast where the host kept asking if these various stunts were against the law. The founder thought maybe they might be, but they were really blazing a new trail in terms of comedic satire and were pushing the envelope. Each time, he cited "fair use" to justify everything they do legally, and if that were to fail, then it would be silly for any victim to sue them because that would allegedly expose the stupidity of the victim. Like how many rape victims are afraid to face their attacker out of some humiliation at being a victim. Impersonating government officials at an international conference is pushing that comedic boundary too far and there must be a legal repercussion. Otherwise, where do we draw the line? If we let this one past, what is the next joke? Unlike a joke on SNL, impersonating a government official at a real even is a far more serious matter.
I say bring down the full hammer of the law on these people. If we allow this type of humourless prank to persist unpunished, what will be the next prank? And these Americans have clearly focused their attention on Canada because we have a Conservative Government. It makes no sense for a far left gag comic to attack his man Obama's administration. That does not advance the agenda. They believe something, and the Yes Man do have a political agenda of imposing their beliefs on others. They attack the climate change theme because they have drank the koolaide and passed the point of no return. Even when the science turns, they are too embarrassed about what they have already said to admit that they may have been wrong.
To the Yes Men, you're near the end of the road here. The gag is like Borat, once people catch on, the tricks don't work like you plan. I guess you can go try to be Bruno, but we will be watching you...
You peaked before your peak.