Now isn't this a fine kettle of fish?! by Slugbug
After the fine article about Billy's work at Mall of America, he heads to many other shopping places around the country, with a finale at Disneyland, home of Magic, Fun and Fantasy - and is arrested!
Shopocalypse Tour: Final Act
The Main Street Parade
Wherein the Choir and Reverend proselytize tourists on Disneyland's Main Street, leading to detention and arrest (again).
The Christmas Day parade in Disneyland began with 30 red-robed gospel singers and a preacher who loudly advised, "We are the Magic Kingdom ourselves..."
After 4,500 miles on bus - from Buy Nothing Day in New York City to Christmas in Disneyland - The Church of Stop Shopping was ready to stage a Surprise Ending, donning robes in the bathrooms of the Tiki Room in Adventure Land. With watches synchronized, the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir walked onto "Main Street USA" at 1:50 PM on Christmas Day, with the Disney faithful lining the curbs, waiting for the dancing of Tinkerbelle and Donald and Mickey.
Over the previous month, the "Shopocalypse Tour" visited small towns and urban Main Streets devastated by big box stores. Appearing on MSNBC and CNN, the Rev discussed the cruelty of the holidays for long-time shopkeepers. Coverage by papers in Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Dallas, and Las Vegas excited hopes that a broader discussion of American consumption has begun. A recurrent topic was the practice of out-sourced goods in the big boxes and chains, which leaves companies like Wal-Mart free to undercut family stores with predatory pricing.
Watchdog groups estimate that 15,000 sweatshop factories supply the Disney company with the retail products it sells. "This Main Street kills our hometowns!" was an inevitable message in the anti-consumerist Christmas Day Parade. Virtually nothing for sale at Disney is manufactured in this country, or is union-made.
Savitri D, choir master Solomon Benn and other tour organizers expressed surprise that the entire choir entered the theme park undetected, hiding their robes at the bottom of backpacks and purses. The church photographer (
The performers marched back and forth on the theme park's Main Street, a distance of about a half mile, contacting several thousands of on-lookers, for a period of about 25 minutes. After Reverend Billy was surrounded and hand-cuffed, the choir was detained in the filthy back lot of the park. The choir is soon set free, promising to leave. The Rev was held in the Disneyland holding tank and then the Anaheim jail. He is charged with Trespass and Resisting Arrest.
The singers of the choir, from every continent and from all five New York City boroughs, will now take some well-deserved time off. They have sung in (and been ejected from) two dozen supermalls over the last month, including the Mall of America. The next performances will take place later this year at St. Mark's in the East Village.
For a more detailed account of the Main Street Parade, read "Letter from the Disneyland Jail," at http://www.revbilly.com/blog/?p=139