Will YOU survive the shopocalypse?!

November 18, 2007 at 9:34 pm (funny things, movies/video/clips) (, , )

What Would Jesus Buy? is a hilarious new documentary which follows Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they travel the nation and preach the truth about the American ideology of consumerism–and just in time for the holidays. They bring the War on (Commercialized) Christmas to the Christofascists that seem so determined to have one while simultaneously reclaiming the holiday for those with actual Christian values (and others) who don’t equate Santa and Wal-Mart with love or salvation.

From the movie’s website:

From producer Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) and director Rob VanAlkemade comes a serious docu-comedy about the commercialization of Christmas. Bill Talen (aka Reverend Billy) was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer’s jacket, bleached his hair and became the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. Since 1999, Reverend Billy has gone from being a lone preacher with a portable pulpit preaching on subways, to the leader of a congregation and a movement whose numbers are well into the thousands.

Through retail interventions, corporate exorcisms, and some good old-fashioned preaching, Reverend Billy reminds us that we have lost the true meaning of Christmas. What Would Jesus Buy? is a journey into the heart of America – from exorcising the demons at the Wal-Mart headquarters to taking over the center stage at the Mall of America and then ultimately heading to the Promised Land … Disneyland.

Save yourselves from the hellfires of credit card debt and globalized systems of outsourced labor exploitation! Repent!



  1. Daisy said,


    Fuck yeah.

  2. Jessie said,

    Awesome. Too bad it doesn’t come out before Xmas

  3. Emily said,

    Yeah, it really is. I mean, it did here…but it’ll be a little late everywhere else :(

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