Saturday night was not the first time that Westboro Baptist Church protested at one of Lady Gaga’s concerts. But it was the first time that Lady Gaga went on the defense.
The Church protested by holding “God hates Lady Gaga” signs outside her Saturday night concert in St. Louis. They claim that Lady Gaga uses her music to teach “rebellion against God.”
In response, Lady Gaga wrote about the Westboro Baptist Church both on her website and her twitter.
“At the risk of drawing attention to a hateful organization, I would like to make my little monster fans aware of a protest being held outside the Monsterball in St. Louis tonight,” she wrote. “Although we have had protesters before, as well as fundamentalists at the show, this group of protesters are hate criminals and preach using lewd and violent language and imagery that I wish I could protect you all from.” Gaga also stated that Westboro’s message is one of hatred and that the group is violent and dangerous. She urged fans not to engage members of the Church in conversation.
The concert went on as scheduled. After the concert, she tweeted that “Love and hate met in St. Louis. And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed. + Together, we sang.”
Will Lady Gaga’s response have any effect on the Westboro Baptist Church? Doubtful. They’ll still continue to protest in offensive ways at inappropriate times. But it sure is nice that such a popular musician is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and so strongly opposed to the hateful messages expressed by the Westboro Baptist Church.
True, her words are giving unnecessary attention to a hate group. But her clear stance against hate toward LGBT people may convince some of her fans to stand up for LGBT rights.
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