Reverend Billy’s singing activists dressed as extinct species plan ‘gentle’ demonstration against irresponsible lending
British bankers have been warned to expect an infestation of bright orange golden toads over the next 10 days.
The tiny creatures that used to live in the cloud forests of central America but were made extinct 25 years ago when the trees were felled, are likely to burst into their lobbies, start singing and may also approach staff bearing small trees and pictures of other endangered species.
But the troupe of 15 Broadway and other US actors, led by fire and brimstone gospel preacher the Reverend Billy, say their satirical choir of resurrected toads now in Britain intends the bankers no harm, and wanting only to remind them that decades of irresponsible lending have resulted in climate change, the death of nature and social disintegration.
The toads are keeping their targets secret but can be expected as far afield as London, Liverpool and Colchester, says Bill Talen, aka the Rev Billy.
“British banks should be very afraid. Two weeks ago we went into Chase bank in Manhattan and we set little trees on desks and gave staff pictures of the black rhino. We started pounding the ATMs like drums. People just did not know what to do.
“The manager was very angry and increasingly hysterical and called the police. We were set to be [arrested] but the cops didn’t come.
“In fact we were very gentle. People don’t feel threatened. There’s no reason not to be gentle. Gentle is powerful”.