Russell Brand Interviewed Members of the Westboro Baptist Church

Two members of the Westboro Baptist Church – aka, the people who like to show up at military funerals with “God Hates Fags” signs – appeared on Russell Brand’s new talk show. Brand (who was wearing a necklace with a bunch of small crosses on it) was exceedingly fair, giving the guys a chance to talk about their views and their faith even though the audience clearly wanted nothing to do with them. I go back and forth on whether I think Brand is funny and I’m really glad that he and Katy Perry split up so I don’t have to see them in the tabloids anymore, but he does a bang-up job with this interview. He manages to be fair and polite while also asking some pretty tough questions.

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Should you not want to sit through eleven minutes of these Westboro guys throwing around slurs (I wouldn’t blame you) and attempting to explain their theology, I’ve highlighted a few of Brand’s best quotes from the interview, helpfully out of context.

1. “I’m English, so “fag pimp” just means “cigarette?”

2. “One at a time! You will all get a chance to speak … in hell.”

3. “It’s like a really tricky quiz of hate!”

4. “Imagine Gandhi in a pointy bra in hell.”

5. “The Holy Spirit ain’t got a pen.”

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