Friday, December 18, 2009
Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping
Have you seen this guy? If not, sign off my blog right now and go to YouTube and watch any of twenty or thirty clips of Reverend Billy. He has an ice cream suit laquered, blond hair and a Jimmy Swaggart persona. Watch him lead a charge on Walmart! See him speak in tongues in Victoria's Secret, Hear him and the Choir of Stop Shopping in Targets and Starbucks as they boogie down the aisles and lead exorcisms of credit cards. Is he funny? Yes, and he is wonderful, and if you listen to what he says between his comic skits, you will hear something else: about the death of small town America, about slave wages in China and Indonesia.He also has much to say about commercialism and the American belief that love is a commodity that can be bought. When the police haul him away, listen to him shout SHOP LESS, GIVE MORE! I am obviously a fan. Hell, if he would have me, I'll join the choir provided he can teach me to boogie. So far, I've seen him on Glenn Beck, Atlanta's WGN,CNN and CBS. He is even in Europe and he has a movie, too: "What Would Jesus Buy?" He has a tour and he is coming to a mall near you.