The Yes Men’s campaign to "Become BFF’s with a Banker" is protest art activism on a one-to-one scale. The revolutionaries advocate creatively pranking the executive 1 percenters, and while I agree that a good joke and a stubborn presence will get their attention (especially if that presence is camped outside their front door) I advocate that it’s immediately followed up with something with a bit more kick—perhaps like unconditional love. Let’s make them gifts and leave them in front of the gates around their houses or with the concierge at the base of their pyramid penthouses. Let’s send them loving, encouraging emails (the Yes Lab page includes a handy contact list of bankers and CEO’s for you to contact) asking them to tell us about their dreams and desires, in addition to letting them know what our lives are like, and the reasons why we wish better things for life on this planet.
We can let them know there will be someone there for them when they come over to the other side.
We can promise to hold them close while they shed the layers they no longer need.
Inspired in part by The Love Artist