Brad Paisley Joins Long List of Westboro Baptist Church-Protesting Musicians with Selfie

By Kevin Rutherford

Despite the loss of its patriarch Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church has continued its protests of funerals, concerts and other events across the country — including, most recently, a picketing of Brad Paisley‘s concert in Kansas last weekend.

As one might expect, the country star didn’t skip out on the opportunity to make light of the situation.

In a post to his Twitter account, Paisley took a selfie in front of the protesters, one of whom is seen smiling in the background as she holds a sign vowing that “God hates drunks.”

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“Westboro Baptist Selfie!!” he tweeted. “Or west-Burro(ass) selfie. Hopefully they can hear the show out here. We’ll play loud.”

An additional Instagram video shows the process of attaining the selfie.

Of course, Paisley is far from the only musician to straight-up interact with his protesters, or at least acknowledge them.

Lorde told her fans last March to counter-protest the church via same-sex kisses — “Everyone try to kiss church members who are same sex as you they will so love it,” she said in a since-deleted tweet, though once the concert in question happened, fans actually countered with a simple message expressing sympathy for the loss of Fred Phelps, who had died just one day prior.

Two and a half years ago, Foo Fighters decided to poke some fun at the church at a Kansas City concert by dressing in redneck garb and singing a song called “Keep It Clean,” with a bridge declaring that it “takes all kinds,” including both same- and opposite-sex couples.

Paisley isn’t even the only country artist to get picketed and respond; last year, Vince Gill accosted Westboro protesters outside his concert. In a video taken by one of the church members, Gill is seen saying that he “wanted to see what hate looks like” and referred to them as the “C-team” of the church’s denizens.

And although he didn’t meet them face to face, Blake Shelton had some choice words last year for the church, perhaps the simplest and yet most effective of them all: “Blow me.”

 

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