A typical Westboro Baptist Church protest
Lady Gaga has slammed the infamous hate-based Westboro Baptist Church’s protest held outside one of her concerts on the weekend.
The Church is known for its virulently anti-gay campaigns, picketing at gay friendly events and even demonstrating at funerals of US soldiers who were killed in action.
The singer took to Facebook to warn her fans about the protest in St.Louis telling them that the Church’s “message is of hatred and divisiveness, but inside at the Monsterball we preach love and unity”.
She added: “Do not interact with them, or try to fight, Do not respond to any of their provocation. Don’t waste your words, or feelings, no matter what you hear or see you are more fortunate and blessed than they are, and in your heart just pray for them.
“Be inspired to ignore their ignorant message, and feel gratitude in your heart that you are not burdened or addicted to hate, as they are,” said Gaga.
The Kansas-based Church’s protestors were dramatically outnumbered by Gaga fans who wore gay pride t-shirts or held up their own signs with pro-gay messages.
After the concert, Gaga tweeted: “Tonight love and hate met in St. Louis. And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed. + Together, we sang.”
Westboro, which said that it plans to protest at other Gaga concerts, commenting on its site: “There appears to be little to no hope for her, but who is to say what [she] is doing with the souls of those who may be swarming to listen to [her] less-than-beautiful singing program?”