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 Post subject: Amy Goodman: What Would Jesus Buy?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:25 am 
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What Would Jesus Buy?

Are you heading out to the malls on Black Friday? If so, read Amy Goodman's editorial about it.

Black Friday” is the name retailers have given to the day after Thanksgiving in their attempt to make Christmas synonymous with shopping. On Black Friday, Americans are expected to flock to the malls and shopping centers, eager for discounts, armed with plastic. Business analysts fill the airwaves with predictions on how the fickle consumer will perform, how fuel prices and the subprime mortgage crisis will impact holiday shopping. Black Friday is followed by “Cyber Monday,” a name coined by the retail industry to hype online shopping. Listening to the business news, one would conclude that the future not only of the U.S. economy but of humanity itself depends on mass, frenzied shopping for the holidays.

Rev. Billy is the street preacher played by Bill Talen, a New York City-based anti-consumerism activist who is the subject of a new feature-length documentary hitting theaters this week, “What Would Jesus Buy?” The film is produced by Morgan Spurlock, who gained fame with his documentary “Super Size Me,” in which he showed his physical and emotional decline while eating only McDonald’s food for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a month.

In the movie, Talen and his amazing Stop Shopping Gospel Choir cross the country in two biodiesel buses, holding public faux-Gospel revivals denouncing the “Shopocalypse,” our crass, corporate, credit-driven consumerist culture and its reliance on sweatshops abroad and low-wage retail jobs at home, while celebrating small-town, Main Street economies, the strength and value of fair-trade shopping, and making do with less.

“We are here today, 28 days before Christmas,” Rev. Billy intones at the outset of his tour, to his home congregation in Greenwich Village, “behind so many layers of billboards, with supermodels looking down on us in their Christmas lingerie, billboards covered with fake Dickensian gingerbread lattes—we’re going to go out across this shopping-addicted country.” He added later, “We will sit down and defeat the bulbous yellow feet of the most famous corporate logo in the world, and the one that has chosen to steal our children’s imaginations for 80 years, the devil, Mickey Mouse.”

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He'd buy for others.

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My daughter called me last evening, telling me that she and a few of her husband's family members are heading out to the mall early on Friday morning. She wanted to do it "just once" to see what it was like. I told her it wouldn't be pretty, and it would hopefully reinforce the lesson I'd tried to teach her so many long years ago...Christmas isn't about commercialism or "buying things" although that's what it's turned out to be.

http://tvnewslies.org/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=5972

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I look forward to the "warm coats" campaigns they hold everywhere -- one place being San Francisco's Union Square.

I like to buy things for the local toy drives as well.

Christmas, for me, is any time I please. :lol: So, I don't need to be out on Black Friday. I shop for everyone.

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 Post subject: Spurlock and Rev. Billy on Tavis Smiley Radio
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:47 pm 
Spurlock and Billy on Tavis Smiley Radio

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