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Westboro Baptist Church Protests Lady Gaga Concert

Fred Phelps and his gang of bigoted supporters brought their brand of crazy to Scottrade Center in St. Louis to protest, of all things, Lady Gaga. Why her? Simply because of her pro-gay attitude. While it wasn't the first time they'd protested the pop star (remember this eye roll-inducing music video?), this time Gaga felt a need to send messages to her fans via Twitter and Facebook, encouraging them not to engage with the hateful protesters.

Said GagaG

“At the risk of drawing attention to a hateful organization, I would like to make my… fans aware of a protest being held outside the [concert] in St. Louis tonight.”

“My request to [fans] and public authorites[sic] is to pay these hate criminals no mind. Do not interact with them, or try to fight. … Do not respond to any of their provocation. Don't waste your words, or feelings, no matter what you hear or see you are more fortunate and blessed than they are, and in your heart just pray for them.”

Fans showed up anyway, some with a giant rainbow flag and others holding signs of support for not only Gaga ("Gaga for God and Gays") but for all people ("God Loves Everyone").

Watch a clip of photo stills and video footage of the Westboro marchers protesting inside of a barrier at Scottrade Center that makes them look very much like caged wild animals in a zoo. And they're probably just as savage. Video is AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. They were just at two Adam Lambert shows in Missouri and Kansas, I believe. They'd be comical at this point if I didn't think they were capable of murder.

    Posted by: Billy | Jul 18, 2010 10:50:33 AM

  2. I don't get this church at all. They are the epitome of taking things out of context to suit their needs; far worse than most Protestants using random unrelated Bible verses to "prove" their hate. 2 Peter 2 speaks about false profits blaspheming, nothing to do with homosexuality, at all. So I supposed, to those who can read and understand for themselves, Westboro is talking about themselves with the beast sign. :)

    Posted by: Clayton | Jul 18, 2010 10:56:41 AM

  3. They must be closeted Gaga- and Lambert-lovers! Oh how they long for the cds!

    Posted by: GJ | Jul 18, 2010 12:26:32 PM

  4. The talibangelicals around the country seem to be adamant in their efforts to claim their deity is an unadulterated murderous asshole.

    Posted by: Sooz | Jul 18, 2010 12:37:58 PM

  5. This whole "church" is about a dozen or so people all of whom are related to the pastor. They thrive on free publicity and lawsuits. Almost all their income is from suing people who were overcome with outrage at their antics and "violated their rights". Ignore them. They won't go away but they would become irrelevant.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Jul 18, 2010 1:45:21 PM

  6. They are already irrelevant. However, an effect is that no one wants to be associated with one.

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 18, 2010 3:09:24 PM

  7. Houndentenor,

    I disagree. Keep them splashed all over the media. They are some of our best involuntary allies. Even the extreme far right think WBC are a bunch of whack jobs and try to distance themselves from them. We should work to keep WBC as the public face of the Religious Right. Force the Religious Right to denounce the WBC's prouncements. They can't and know it, because in doing so, they denounce their own positions.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Jul 18, 2010 3:17:31 PM

  8. I'm just waiting for a dyslexic WBC member to carry a sign that says "DOG HATES GAFS"

    Posted by: M@ | Jul 18, 2010 4:46:40 PM

  9. One of my favorite moments when I saw her at MSG last week was right after she finished Teeth (side note: one of my favorite songs).... starts around 7:05 when she's talking to the audience. The whole thing is worth the watch because she just kills the song but it was really spectacular when she told the audience, "the truth is, why the fuck would God let me play Madison Square Garden if Jesus didn't love everybody? Jesus. Loves. Everybody."

    It was just a great moment. That and when during Alejandro one of her tall statuesque dancers lifted her up in the air and she yelled, "put your hands up for full equality! Full equality to be yourself in peace no matter who you are!"

    Anyways it was an incredible night and it really moved me how strong and supportive she was of the gays.

    Posted by: SKOC211 | Jul 18, 2010 4:57:47 PM

  10. Should have left the phobes at home/'cause that was a disaster.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jul 18, 2010 10:34:11 PM

  11. When you are well-known enough and pro-gay enough to have Phelps' crew show are obviously doing something right.....

    Posted by: ladeda | Jul 19, 2010 9:06:46 AM

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