BBC anchor left “Speechless” as London-based trader tells her he dreams of recession.
Monday, a London-based independent trader, Alessio Rastani fired off a slew of shocking things during a BBC interview. The video of the interview was posted September 26 and has already garnered over 1 million views.
“Governments don’t rule the world, Goldman Sachs rules the world,” said Rastani.
Following the jaw dropping interview, rumors were swirling that he was part of a prank group called the Yes Men. According to Yahoo, the Yes Men is a group of pranksters and imposters that attempt to manipulate the media with the goal of exposing the dubious conduct of big corporations.
But both Yes Lab and BBC have both denied his involvement in the group that’s currently occupying Wall Street.
“The Yes Men wish to commend Mr. “Alessio Rastani” for his masterful performance as “trader” on BBC World yesterday. Mr. Rastani’s real name is Granwyth Hulatberi; he once appeared on CNBC MarketWrap as a “representative” of the WTO. Well done, Granwyth! You’re getting better and better,” said The Yes Men in a statement.
But they went on in the statement to say, “Just kidding. We’ve never heard of Rastani. Despite widespread speculation, he isn’t a Yes Man. He’s a real trader who is, for one reason or another, being more honest than usual. Who in big banking doesn’t bet against the interests of the poor and find themselves massively recompensed—if not by the market, then by humongous taxpayer bailouts? Rastani’s approach has been completely mainstream for several years now; we must thank him for putting a human face on it yesterday.”
The BBC also issued a statement regarding Rastani.
“We’ve carried out detailed investigations and can’t find any evidence to suggest that the interview with Alessio Rastani was a hoax. He is an independent market trader and one of a range of voices we’ve had on air to talk about the recession,” said BBC in a statement.
According to a Yahoo report, Rastani has a Twitter, Facebook and blog that are all “consistently updated” and Rastani has even given an interview with Forbes insisting he is really an independent trader.
Check out the very unbelievably true BBC interview.