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An examination of 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. Written by
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I have a lot of respect for this film and for the "Stop Shopping" crew. This activist group has an incredible amount of heart and a good sense of humor even though their battle is a difficult one. Consumerism is as ingrained into our society as our gender roles or even our sense of right and wrong. And as Rev. Billy writes on his website, even our government representatives tell us to go out and shop. Prying the toys and useless junk out of peoples hands won't happen over night but the message is an important one; don't mindlessly consume.
If the issues discussed in this documentary concern you, make sure you pass the message (or the DVD) on to others. Word of mouth can be a very powerful thing.
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