Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Reverend Billy

Exorcizing a cash register

"What would Jesus buy?" asks Reverend Billy, a revivalist preacher/comedian/activist/ artist who focuses on drawing attention to excessive consumerism and over consumption. His work is both a mockery of and a tribute to true, uncommercialized spirituality. As he puts it, "Jesus was one hell of an activist." Here, he is trying to rid this Victoria's Secret cash register of evil spirits, saying that temptation is in the greed and excess that characterizes the holidays, and humorously but soberingly exposing the material lust in everyone through religious overtones. 

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