How the Lincoln Center Anti-Koch Prank Went Down: An Insider's Account How the Lincoln Center Anti-Koch Prank Went Down: An Insider's Account
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How the Lincoln Center Anti-Koch Prank Went Down: An Insider's Account

by Mark Read

May 17, 2011

Just before we set out to do the deed, John, our action coordinator, looked us all in the eye, gave a conspiratorial smirk and said “before you get out of the van, just bathe yourselves in gray light, ok? You’re like smoke. Just be the smoke man, you’re gonna be great. Grey light.”

I guess his Jedi-blessing worked! We walked the ladders right up to that sign, leaned them up against the wall, climbed up and rolled that sticker onto the stone façade.  No problem. And we were only one part of a multi-pronged exposé of the Koch Brothers that took place over the course of the evening. Reverend Billy led a thousand-person, flashlight-wielding crowd of “movie-goers” that circled the building (who didn't know the full plan until they showed up for a free Koch brothers movie advertised on the Yes Men email list) “shedding light” on the actions of the Kochs.

A cinema team positioned in a hotel room across the street projected the trailer for The Other 98%’s and Brave New Foundations latest collaboration, Koch Brothers Exposed.

All in all, we generated a visually rich and substantive spectacle in the service of calling out the Koch brothers for who and what they are: plutocrats bent on protecting their wealth and privilege no matter what the cost to working people or democracy itself. We were still on site and still projecting a half-hour later when the red-carpet crowd filed out of the theater. Their reactions were as priceless as the democratic principles that we set out to defend.

--By Mark Read

See more photos and, once they post it, videos, at Other 98%'s website.

Images via Other 98, and Allison Burtch.

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How the Lincoln Center Anti-Koch Prank Went Down: An Insider's Account