Westboro Baptist Church Protests Radiohead

I have the great dishonor of saying that my experience with Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church goes way back — Topeka is about 20 minutes away from where I went to school and about 30 minutes away from where I grew up — so it’s no surprise to me that the hate group was out trolling last night’s Radiohead show in Kansas City, reprising their familiar role (I think those are even the same signs!). According to At Ease Web, the ever-disgusting presence issued a mandate on their website justifying the protest, a screed that read:

You have stolen the Word of God from your people and children, and as a sorry substitute, you prop up lightness and lies. You try to get the people to look at the nonsense and not at the wrath of God that abides upon them. “Look at the circus monkey over there and the fluffy setting, blah, blah…” Meanwhile, God is undoing this nation and effecting all of your lives, with the moth that quietly eats the very fabric of your national garment. Radiohead is just such an event. Freak monkey’s with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness. It changes nothing, God is undoing and digging up and throwing down this nation.

Seems funny that they would picket Radiohead, when a much more unspeakable act had occurred a mere day before at the same venue. Photo courtesy of Twitter user @HullMitch. Photoshoppers, this is your time to shine (with signs!) in the comments.

Comments (50)
  1. They’re really graspng at straws with their rationale to protest here. If it weren’t for the fact that they hate gay people and have a disturbing view of God, I would think the quote above was written by Bradford Cox.

  2. “the moth that quietly eats the very fabric of your national garment”…nice lyrics, WBC!

  3. “Freak monkeys with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness” sounds like it could have been a lyric from OK Computer.

  4. Considering that evolution is really just the selection of certain mutated traits, “freak monkey” would be an appropriate name for every music listener. The “mediocre tune” part is what really grinds my gears.

  5. “Freak monkeys with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness” ~ “He buzzes like a fridge, he’s like a detuned radio”

  6. Well that’s All I Need. A Reminder that these Worrywort Creep Coke Babies will continue to Sulk as long as this band refuse to learn How to Disappear Completely. Someone needs to issue them a Gagging Order and tell them to just Go to Sleep already and stop Climbing up the Walls over one band’s music.


  8. “Westboro Baptist Chuch Protesters Accidentally Write New Radiohead Album”

  9. Just give me a 2″ firehose and nozzle and a henchman with a hydrant wrench, Jesus hates bisexuals with water cannons!

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  11. Pretty funny that they called Radiohead’s music mediocre.

    “So, Westboro Baptist Church member, what do you think about Radiohead?”

    “I think they are an abomination. They are anit-god and they are putting bad ideas in the minds of the young people of this country. They support homosexuality, and are responsible for the downfall of society. They are all going to hell.”

    “What do you think of their music?”

    “Eh, it’s ok. Kinda mediocre you know?”

    • “A lot of the cooler electronica elements from Kid A were Autechre rip-offs. I dunno, they just seem pretty derivative. Lead singer has a good voice though. 5.5/10″ Pitchforko Baptist Church

  12. Westboro Baptist Church spreads its hate through picketing in our streets, provoking attacks, with abusive language and flag desecration, attempting to create a confrontation. This is not a church, this is a hate group. This is not about protesting, freedom, or God. They are in it for the money and the press; this is a family law firm. They are not a “church.” It is a scam. They go after anything that can get them in the news. This is a family of lawyers using this “god hates you” thing to make money. It is time for this scam and the hate to end.
    The church has received money from lawsuits and legal fees. For example, they sued the city of Topeka several times in the 1990s(this show has been going on for years). WBC received $16,500, and is pursuing another $100,000, in legal fees for a case won in court. The WBC is considered a nonprofit organization by the federal government, and is therefore exempt from paying taxes!
    Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church is shown admitting on camera that her oldest son was born out of wedlock. Hypocritical Phelps-Roper’s vocal condemnation on strangers having sexual congress outside of marriage while she herself was guilty of the same. They are NOT what they say they are!! THEY ARE NOT A CHURCH!!!

  13. “You’ll go to hell for what your dirty mind is thinking.”

  14. When Jesus was alive, the people he went after and protested were those who thought they were holier than everyone else (Pharisees)..can’t imagine what he would’ve done to the “church” of Westboro.

  15. To lighten the mood, there were some especially funny moments from the Identikit performance, including a mishap intro (“Oh shhhhhhiiiiiiit…” – Thom Yorke) and the house lights coming on in the middle of the restart (“What the fuck?” – Thom Yorke again)
    Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgkDSG8pdWs
    and here are the moments: 1:17 and 3:19

  16. I bet they all had tickets to the show.

  17. This is what I’ve been saying all along…finally, WBC gets it right.

  18. I kind of want a “Queen of Fags” shirt.

    • They really missed a trick there. Surely ‘Queen of Queens’ would have been better.

      • Probably a little too clever. They really need their signs to say “fags” and “faggots” or it just isn’t a WBC function. But I would settle for a shirt that says “Faggot Queen”. “Queen of Queens” is too sapphic for my M4M leanings.

  19. “Freak monkeys with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by Thoms sweet dance moves”.

  20. i wish these ppl a million farts in their mouths.

  21. WBC can suck a fart out of my ass!

  22. Westboro sucks. They’re not even worth giving the time of day. But I do want to say M-I-Z! Go Tigers! No. 3 in AP Poll! What’s up KU?

  23. It must be weird to hate something so much that you can think of literally nothing else. No wonder these people are insane.

  24. I actually have no desire to know anything more about these foul people, so I totally avoided this article and it’s ranking in “Most Commented”. Then when I saw the complete awesomeness of the comments in “Shut Up, Dude”, I totally regretted it.

  25. I really want to go see these guys live and in person – this could be a great comedy stunt right? Eh? Oh.

  26. Freak monkey’s with mediocre tunes???Are you kidding me? Radiohead is one of the greatest bands of all time, the only freak monkeys in this equation are those sanctimonious inbreds, that have nothing better to do, than spread hate under Christianity’s name…God is love and Christ loved!

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