The congregation of the Westboro Baptist Church, the people who picketed, inexplicably, outside of soldiers' funerals with slogans like "God Hates Fags" and were out-numbered by counter-protesters in Brooklyn last year, seems to hate everything except attention. Finally, these guys decided a productive use of their time would be to protest outside of a Lady Gaga concert in St. Louis last night. They said it would be hypocritical not to, even:
"Now what type of wicked hypocrites would we be if we did not warn this little false prophetess and all of her over-indulged sycophants that they are each one, individually heading straight to hell in a gender-confused, self-loathing, tone-deaf hand basket and that a gift from the God they hate?"
Honestly! How could they look at themselves if they ignored these completely harmless people?! In response, Gaga tweeted:
"At the risk of drawing attention to a hateful organization, I would like to make my little monster fan aware of a protest being held outside the Monsterball in St.Louis tonight. Although we have had protesters before, as well as fundamentalists at the show this group of protesters are hate criminals and preach using lude and violent language and imagery that I wish I protect you all from. Their message is of hatred and divisiveness, but inside at the Monsterball we preach love and unity. My request to all little monsters and public authority is to pay these hate criminals no mind. 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. Although I respect and do not judge anyone for their personal views on any politics or religion, this group in particular to me, is violent and dangerous. I wanted to make my fans aware of my views on how to approach, or rather not approach, these kinds of hate activists. 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."
Well-played. You think she's taking the high road? No, she's winning, because Gaga of all people knows the best way to piss off an attention-seeker is to deny them the reaction that they're after. But, really, it's a sweet message. Today we are all Team Gaga.