The Yes Men是一個由文化反堵（culture jamming）抗議人士所組成的小團體，專門實行他們所謂的「身分修正」(identity correction)，而畢裘邦即為其中成員。「他們扮成公職人員，想要表達政府行政機構和法人表現得很無人性。」他們的表演有時候很具說服力，就如同28日畢裘邦在紐奧良的演出，現場的觀眾都報以熱烈的喝采。
儘管假的聲明如此稱述，真正的住宅與都市發展部表示，正在和當地社區一起努力重建C.J. Peete、B.W. Cooper、Lafitte和St. Bernard等地的公共住宅，並創造一個綜合的公共住宅方案，使家庭和單身民眾都能租得起房子。
A political jester posing as a federal public housing official today took the podium at a New Orleans event held to plan the recovery of the city and promised to reopen housing units now targeted for replacement by mixed income development. The real Department of Housing and Urban Development called the performance "a cruel hoax," but it initially fooled hundreds of contractors at the Gulf Coast Reconstruction and Hurricane Preparedness Summit.
Activist Andy Bichlbaum, pretending to be Housing and Urban Development "Assistant Deputy Secretary Rene Oswin," a non-existant identity, told hundreds of contractors at the Gulf Coast Reconstruction and Hurricane Preparedness Summit that he would "fix New Orleans, not just for the benefit of a few but for everyone."
But the real Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) called the performance a scam. Despite false statements made today, HUD said it is "moving forward with its plan to redevelop New Orleans public housing so that families will have the opportunity to return to better, safer neighborhoods."
Bichlbaum is a member of The Yes Men, a small group of culture jamming activists who practice what they call "identity correction." Posing as public officials, they express the idea that government agencies and corporations can act in dehumanizing ways. Their performances are sometimes very convincing, as Bichlbaum's was in New Orleans today where the audience applauded his announcement.
The summit at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana was held the day before the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed 80 percent of the city and forced the closure of New Orleans public housing. More than 200,000 homes and rental units were severely damaged or destroyed, leaving 780,000 Louisiana residents displaced.
In a further action of the multi-part hoax, a bogus email was sent to the Environment News Service and other news organizations claiming that HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson "admitted that the agency has been headed down the wrong path for the last year."
"Our charter, here at HUD, is to ensure access to affordable housing for those who need it the most. This past year in New Orleans, I am ashamed to say that we have clearly failed to do this," Jackson was quoted as saying in the false press release.
But despite these false statements, the real HUD said the agency is "working with the local community to redevelop C.J. Peete, B.W. Cooper, Lafitte and St. Bernard public housing developments to make way for a mixture of public housing, affordable rental housing and single-family homes."
The summit, which included speeches by Governor Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, is part of an overall push to renew interest in Louisiana recovery on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.