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May 2008
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Holiday Movie

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]or_mabinogi)

What Would Jesus Buy? [link goes to Apple Movie Trailers, you may need Quicktime to view the trailer]

From producer Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and director Rob VanAlkemade, “What Would Jesus Buy?” examines the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.) The film also delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America’s mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture. From the humble beginnings of preaching at his portable pulpit on New York City subways, to having a congregation of thousands - Bill Talen (aka Rev. Billy) has become the leader of not just a church, but a national movement. Rev. Billy’s epic journey takes us to chilling exorcisms at Wal-Mart headquarters, to retail interventions at the Mall of America, and all the way to the Promised Land on Christmas Day. The Stop Shopping mission reminds us that even though we may be “hypnotized and consumerized,” we still have a chance to save ourselves this Christmas.

I can't tell. Is this a piece of arsenal in the "War on Christmas" or is this satirical parody? Part of it looks to be legitimate, professional documentary. Another part looks to be over-the-top acting/mockery. But then, the religionistas who push the idea of a "War on Christmas" tend to come off as over-the-top anyway. I'm not familiar with any of the names associated with the film. Does anyone know?

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