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Lady Liberty Marries Mr. Transit

Thousands of people flocked to the NY International Auto Show at the Javits Center on Saturday. In the midst of it all, Lady Liberty ended her 100 year “spectacularly combustible love affair” with the automobile. Lady Liberty said, "Frankly, this relationship has just gotten to be much more work than it's worth. My health, liberty and freedom have suffered greatly, and now I hope that my new relationships will finally give me security and happiness.” Then Reverend Billy officiated her marriage to "Mr. Transit" and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir sang in celebration.


[music]

Speaker: [00:08] I come to the Auto Show every year.


Speaker: [00:10] The cars are new and hybrid and there’s a lot nice new cars.


Speaker: [00:17] Cars, it’s all about cars. We’re in the Mustang Club. It’s more than a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. We live, breathe, eat cars. When they put me six feet under, that’s when I stop.


Reverend Billy: [00:28] The Auto Show is like the pentagon of automobile. It’s not just a little gas station. It’s a gathering of the merchandising of this thing that we’re surrounded with, these metal and glass bubbles that poison us, chase us down, make us poison the atmosphere, go to war.


[music]

Reverend Billy: [00:51] We are here today to celebrate the sacred ritual of marriage, the marriage between the American Automobile and Lady Liberty. Do you, Lady Liberty, take the American Automobile as your loving husband after being in love with him for 100 years?


Lady Liberty: [01:26] No.


Reverend Billy: [01:29] She says that she wants her freedom. Mr Alternative Transportation is stealing the heart of Lady Liberty.


[applause]

Reverend Billy: [01:44] Now Lady Liberty can walk and bicycle and take light rail and mass transit.


[applause]

Reverend Billy: [01:52] Don’t you drive. Stop driving.


[music]

Speaker: [02:10] By really taking it right to the source, I think we did a great thing today.


Speaker: [02:15] Amen.


[music]

Reverend Billy: [02:19] I’m so glad to be invited to speak today at the church of the automobile show. Amen, hallelujah.

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Elizabeth Press is a Filmmaker for Streetfilms. She joined Streetfilms in 2007 to focus her video work on advocating for better biking, walking and mass transit.

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  • Bicycling Green Goblin

    I LOVE this video.

  • killer catch

    killer action, killer video

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/trorb/ Clarence Eckerson, Jr.

    Damn, Elizabeth you do good work.

  • http://anal0g.org Jared Burke

    Elizabeth is the new Michael Moore!

  • http://www.live-the-solution.com Jane

    Fabulous work. Reverend Billy is a champion! I wonder how many people he has managed to convert?

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  • Auggie

    This is great stuff. I back it all the way!

  • Amy

    yay to this radical alliance between Rev Billy and TA! thanks for the fabulous intervention! you rock.

  • The Church Lady

    So cool!! Wish I'd been there in person