Lying Media Bastards

September 4, 2006

Pranx0rz

Y’all probably heard about the prank that The Yes Men pulled off last week. They got themselves invited to the Gulf Coast Reconstruction and Hurricane Preparedness Summit, and gave a speech pretending to be “Deputy Assistant Secretary Rene Oswin” of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “Mr. Oswin” admitted that HUD had failed in its mission to provide affordable housing for people in need (true), explained how HUD was about to demolish 5000 existing housing units to build new ones (true), and how they had formulated a new policy to leave those units alone, while increasing investment in the communities, providing basic services, and working to fix the New Orleans ecosystem (false).

You can read the speech here, video here.

While this particular hoax had a bit of a cruel edge (making some New Orleans residents think they might have homes to move back into), it also served to highlight the crueler reality. HUD and the federal government are not taking these compassionate and sensible steps to help out people in need, they are doing just the opposite. Hopefully the public humiliation of the stunt might cause the government to take some action.

On their website, The Yes Men tell us that we can help the folks of New Orleans by going to SurvivorsVillage.com.

And just today, we had another prank. Last month, useless socialite Paris Hilton released a CD in which, I’m told, a team of nuclear scientists and powerful shamans worked round the clock to make her sound like a talented songstress. Shortly after, graffitti/hoaxster superhero Banksy created a doctored version of the CD (complete with remixed parody songs) and distributed 500 copies to 42 record stores across Britain. Photos of the CD booklet here. The new booklet emphasizes issues of celebrity worship and class. My favorite is the fake sticker on the front which promotes Paris’ new hit singles “Why Am I Famous?”, “What Have I Done?” and “What Am I For?”

Banksy even filmed himself pulling off the stunt and put it on YouTube. Haven’t heard the songs, though, can’t tell you if they’re any good.

In related news, Banksy’s apparently having a three-day art show in Los Angeles this month, “Exact address available on the day of opening [September 15] from banksy.co.uk”.

Posted by Jake on September 4, 2006 9:58 pm

7 Comments »

  1. that bitch makes people laugh, thats worth something. shes no brain surgeon, neither are any of you.

    YOU:
    Okay, I get it, Mr. and Mrs. News Media, Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin has died. That’s sad.

    ME:
    that dude spent all his dough on buying land for preserves 4 wildlife, he was a fucking hero. what the fuck do you do besides act like you can’t be fucking inconvenienced by looking at too many death notices. are you living your life so that when you die people all over the world mourn you?

    Comment by brendan — September 5, 2006 @ 3:41 pm

  2. Seems like Banksy was pretty inspired by Ms. Hilton if you ask me. How many people have an artist prank them, and then get worldwide attention for it. Why is she famous? Because people like us talk about her all the time.

    Comment by Not Banksy — September 5, 2006 @ 7:04 pm

  3. friggin Hilarious. Banksy’s works always astound me, although the statue is by far the best.

    Comment by Brian/Buddy — September 6, 2006 @ 3:45 pm

  4. YOU:
    Okay, I get it, Mr. and Mrs. News Media, Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin has died. That’s sad.

    ME:
    that dude spent all his dough on buying land for preserves 4 wildlife, he was a fucking hero. what the fuck do you do besides act like you can’t be fucking inconvenienced by looking at too many death notices. are you living your life so that when you die people all over the world mourn you?

    Totally agree. wtf? When Mr Sexton croaks lets hope it’s forgotten ASAP. What an asshole.

    Comment by Noyb — September 6, 2006 @ 4:21 pm

  5. Paris got arrested for dui. Hey she pranked herself! I want one of those fake CD’s. There was this guy I saw on tv years ago who made his own money. it looked really cool, he was an artist. He would take it around and buy stuff with it, if the cashier agreed to take it. The funny thing was the artist’s bills were worth alot of money. So he would try to buy a candy bar with one of his fake bills and the cashier would refuse to take one of his bills, and he would just leave. If they took the bill and paid for the candy bar themselves they could have sold the bill for hundreds of dollars. That cracked me up for some reason.

    Comment by Amber — September 7, 2006 @ 11:47 am

  6. “I can’t believe no one thought of this sooner. It’s about time someone stuck it to Paris Hilton. I mean, she’s always there, being famous, and vapid, and utterly annoying, and no one ever calls her out on it. She’s never the butt of jokes. On the contrary, she is universally revered, and consistently taken seriously in everything that she does.

    And considering that her album is selling so well, this couldn’t have happened at a better time.

    Finally, someone had the bravery to ask “Why is Paris Hilton famous?” in a humorous way before the joke got so tired that just reading the first three letters of her name is exhausting.” The Hater Amelie Gillette

    …said best by Ms. Gillette. How is making fun of Paris original?

    Comment by Deacon — September 8, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

  7. BANKSY IS AN ANIMAL ABUSER. That fuckwad painted an elephant and put it on display for his “art” show. Fuck him and anyone who thinks this guy has anything to say.

    Comment by Banksy is a fucking wanker — September 18, 2006 @ 11:18 am

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