Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping
Reverend Billy (aka Bill Talen) is a fierce anti-consumer advocate who preaches anti-consumerism with his Church of Stop Shopping, giving voice against mult-national corporations and attempting to wake up the masses hypnotized by the powerful spell of consumerism.
The Church of Stop Shopping is a New York City based radical performance community, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. They are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters, earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities on 4 continents defending land, life and imagination from reckless development and the extractive imperatives of global capital. They employ multiple tactics and creative strategies, including:
- cash register exorcisms,
- retail interventions,
- cell phone operas combined with grass roots organizing and media activism
They are entertainers and artists, performing regularly throughout The US and Europe and anywhere else that will have them.
The 2007 Movie: What Would Jesus Buy? A documentary about Reverend Billy
Credit card exorcism for shopaholics
Reverend Billy charged by Chase Manhattan
Preaching at Chase Manhattan