Saturday, March 04, 2017

A perfect illustration of the American South. This was posted on my FB feed. A local store has this display up for the Easter Season, and many, many people were thanking Jesus for the store and its "bravery" in witnessing for Christ.

The fact that this is a marketing plot -- and a fairly heretical one -- has not entered their minds. This is because no one in the South, and very few people in America, are willing to admit that the real religion of America is not Christianity, but Capitalism.

Once you realize that, of course, this display makes perfect sense.

Buy more soda, affirm your witness to the one true God.


Fie upon this quiet life! said...

I'm trying to figure out how they got the arm parts of the cross to stay like that with actual half cases of Mr Pibb.

But yes - all hail the almighty dollar!

Bardiac said...

Both weirdly hilarious and sort of terrifying. And how DID they get the arm crosses to work?

Yes, capitalism is the real religion of the US.

delagar said...

Obviously, the miracle of the RISEN JESUS is holding up the crossbars.


D Shannon said...

Here's how the arm parts work:

Look closely at the topmost arms. There's a board with the Mr. Pibb logo printed on it. The lines between the cases don't go through the board. (It helps if you enlarge the picture.)

Also, all this time, I thought football was the real religion of the American South. Look at the SEC - 13 government schools and one private school. The private one has the smallest fan base.

delagar said...

Heretic! Blasphemer! Do you doubt the miracle of the RISEN MR. PIBBS?

Er. I mean, Jesus.

You're right about the football. When it comes to choosing between a God to worship, we're conflicted here in the South: Football or Capitalism? Such a hard choice!

But we do focus a lot on how much money football players can make, and how much money coaches make, so it's not a complete schism.

Anonymous said...

Neither football nor capitalism is as strong as haters of people who are different.

Signed a Texan whose state senator voted for the bathroom bill

heebie-geebie said...

Good lord, that's ridiculous.

Bardiac said...

I think D. Shannon is right. But that means... this marketing thing ISN'T just some crazy thing in THIS ONE STORE! It's a marketing campaign! ARGH!

delagar said...


Anonymous said...

I'm a Christian, and this grosses me out.

delagar said...

As well it should -- anyone who is an actual Christian (rather than someone who worships capitalism / the twee) would, I think, be deeply offended by their God being used in this vile fashion.

Jesus whipped the moneychangers out of the temple for behavior much like this, after all.