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Watch: Joy Behar Hopes Fred Phelps Will Die Soon; WBC a No-Show at Elizabeth Taylor Funeral


Joy Behar speaks with Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Fred Phelps, who claims his father physically abuses the family, about the WBC's attacks on gays, and their plans to picket Elizabeth Taylor's funeral.

Says Behar: "There's a sickness to it. There's an obsessive quality to it that rings of mental illness to me."

Behar says she hopes the elder Phelps dies soon.


Incidentally, the WBC was a no-show to Taylor's funeral, which was held yesterday at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale:

Taylor_funeral Glendale Police Department officials said the department was asked to assist in security for the three dozen to four dozen family members and friends expected to attend the service because of the proximity of an elementary school. No details were given to the media about who attended the service.

Scotland Beavers, 47, left work early after reading posts on Facebook that suggested anti-gay protesters might be picketing. "We need to get there and try to block them," he said.

They had umbrellas ready if protesters showed up, but they never materialized.

Taylor was laid to rest near her good friend Michael Jackson. 

Watch the Behar clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. They probably didn't have time to get there. Jewish funerals happen within a day of death, and it was probably over before anyone at WBC even knew it was happening.

    Posted by: Abie | Mar 25, 2011 8:13:53 AM

  2. It has been said the WBC is the best thing that has happened to the Gay Rights Movement and i tend to agree. Many of my "so called 'Christian' friends" think it is disgusting what WBC does. My problem is they could have cared less til WBC started protesting Soldiers funerals.

    Because of the work of Dame Liz, AIDS is no longer a death sentence and funerals of AIDS victims are much fewer than when WBC first started the hateful practice of protesting funerals. Mat they rot in Hell for that alone. Remind people how their campaign started and ask them where they were "Pre-Matthew Shepard" and if they thought it was as disgusting then as it is today.

    Posted by: The Realist | Mar 25, 2011 8:27:39 AM

  3. Umbrellas?

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 25, 2011 9:13:34 AM

  4. What a contrast between the calm pleasant demeanor of the Phelps son who fled thirty years ago, and the raging, dark-spirited sisters, Shirley and Margie, who are the public representatives of the Phelps clan. Hearing what a sadist Fred Phelps is, I actually do feel a little sorry for the family members that didn't have the strength to leave.

    But I doubt the Phelps family will stop their protests once Fred dies. The brainwashing might be permanent and the family seems to enjoy their infamy.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Mar 25, 2011 9:18:24 AM

  5. I would normally say it's tacky to wish death upon anyone, but I can't bring myself to believe that Fred Phelps is human enough to warrant any more compassion than for a dangerous and diseased animal. Out of its misery, I say.

    Posted by: sparks | Mar 25, 2011 9:57:56 AM

  6. It's an open secret in Kansas that Fred Phelps was emotionally abusive to his kids.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 25, 2011 11:46:44 AM

  7. Problem is, bigots procreate and pass on their hatred and fears to their children, thus we WILL have a Phelps Jr.

    Posted by: Gay Tax Protest | Mar 25, 2011 12:20:09 PM

  8. I find the Phelps clan fascinating in a morbid curiosity sort of way. They really hate everyone. They are planning to protest a Jewish community center in Newton, MA and a memorial service at Harvard and then a Lady Gaga concert in Kansas. Sometimes I check out the granddaughter Megan's tweets. It is sort of a shame someone so seemingly intelligent can be so misled and blinded by religious dogma and hate. I grew up reading the same Bible and somehow they can't seem to recognize the transition made between the Old and New Testaments. It's like they take Jesus and plop him in the middle of Leviticus. Strange, strange people. Who frankly make an eternity in hell sound more appealing than one in heaven with them.

    Posted by: Alisdair | Mar 25, 2011 12:45:33 PM

  9. "There's a sickness to it. There's an obsessive quality to it that rings of mental illness to me."

    Joy! What a _profound_ insight. The depth and precision of your encyclopedic knowledge and trenchant analyses never cease to astound.

    "Behar says she hopes the elder Phelps dies soon."

    Joy, Joy, Joy... The real problem with hating someone is that it makes you take them seriously. It also makes you even dumber than usual (no small achievement in your case) and unable to see the obvious... Phelps has made it impossible to object to LGBTQ people on any level without being regarded as a complete whack job. He's done more for us than any 10 pro-gay Hollywood celebrities combined.

    Hating people also reduces you to their level. You wish he'd die? You've subscribed to his principles, becoming a rancid hypocrite, which - unlike your congenital stupidity - is something for which you're accountable.

    Get off my internet, you inarticulate, moronic panderer. I'd call you dumb as a post, but unlike loud mouthed media whores, posts serve a useful function in the world. I've had bowel movements as intelligent as you are. Pity you aren't so easily flushed.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 25, 2011 3:05:10 PM

  10. Bryan, you're coming off as a "hater" in your response to Ms. Behar. Name calling is as hateful as wishung someone would die.

    Posted by: Bill Cooney | Mar 26, 2011 5:32:33 AM

  11. @Bryan: What's with the venom?

    I love Joy and think she is saying what many of us think. She's a straightforward, honest commentator on current events. And smart and uncompromising, as far as I can tell.

    Posted by: mike128 | Mar 26, 2011 3:58:31 PM

  12. That's probably the smartest thing those a**#0!%s have ever done. Want the whole of America hating your guts, boycott an icon like Liz.

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Mar 28, 2011 2:48:01 PM

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