So it’s come to this: Westboro Baptist Church — which is hardly a church and not all that Baptist — pickets a One Direction concert at Sprint Center in Kansas City.
Inevitably, there was a counterdemonstration:
Photos by Jennifer Taylor Johnson, who said this was “the last thing I expected to see.” Trust me on this, Jen: Fred Phelps ain’t nothin’ but a publicity hound, cryin’ all the time.
Addendum: The Phelps-Heads are also scheduling an “event” for the funeral of Cory Monteith, a member of the cast of Glee, prompting these remarks by Tyler Vendetti:
It was unexpected and tragic and the people that are left to mourn his death, his family and friends, should not have to deal with a group of insensitive extremists that grossly misrepresent the teachings of the Bible in order to perpetuate their own vile beliefs. By allowing them to continue their practices, we as a country are giving them permission to target others for their differences and to inflict emotional distress on whoever they deem unworthy.
We’re also giving them permission to become a national punchline, an object of ridicule, the butt — in the butt, Fred! — of jokes. Westboro has earned its irrelevancy; the opportunity to remind them of it every time they open their mouths is their one and only, um, saving grace.