Baiting Westboro

Baiting Westboro September 18, 2011

So the Foo Fighters do an internet video/promo for at upcoming tour. The video, loosely titled “Hot Buns,” stars the band as truck driving good ol’ boys (and one startled janitor) who soap up, bare (almost) all and do a sort of parody shower scene. Think long fake beards dripping wet, guys in baseball caps in the shower and Dave Grohl grinning around a corn-cob pipe, all to the tune of Queen’s Body Language. It’s … special.

The gay overtones of this got the attention of Westboro Baptist Church. Spinner quotes their website (which I don’t link to):

“The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the people in this doomed nation: hard-hearted, hell-bound, and hedonistic,” leader Fred Phelps wrote on the church’s website. “These people have a platform and should be using it to encourage obedience to God; instead they teach every person who will listen all things contrary to him: fornication, adultery, idolatry, fags.”

Naturally, Westboro shows up to picket a concert. But as they brought out their picket signs, a truck pulling a parade float drives up. On the float were the Foo Fighters, dressed in the hillbilly outfits from the “Hot Buns” video, singing a parody country song “Keep it Clean.”

I think I see a new American sport in the making: baiting Westboro. Provoking them into doing their usual bit, them making them the butt of the joke.

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