Westboro Baptist Church Protest Radiohead Show

They called the band "freak monkeys with mediocre tunes", even though their own members love "OK Computer". What the hell?

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Westboro Baptist Church are back. Sigh.

You probably recognise this group from their baffling God Hates Fags protests, but they've been branching out to rail against popular culture in recent years. Targets have included Steve Jobs and Taking Back Sunday, though Foo Fighters have countered the group with their own protest.

This time Westboro targeted Radiohead, who they called "freak monkeys with mediocre tunes". Not an entirely unreasonable claim, but still.

The group picketed their Kansas show, waving signs and calling homophobic slurs. Their signs included warnings that God was Radiohead's enemy, and one hilarious sign showed the British flag with the slogan "FAG FLAG".

Their longterm producer Nigel Godrich later tweeted that the protest was the "highlight of the tour so far".

The group later posted a statement to their site which said:

"God is undoing this nation and effecting [sic] 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 [sic] with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness."

Whatever that means.

Meanwhile, Vice spoke to one of the protesters, Steve, who complained that Radiohead weren't using their voice to spread the word of God - but then admitted to listening to Radiohead at home.

"At some level you have to be able to separate the art from the artist," said Steve. "We're music lovers at the church. I listen to Radiohead, Audioslave, Band Of Skulls. I listen to lots of good stuff.

"But the point here is, when these musicians come to town that put themselves off as a voice of moral authority and yet reject the standards of God for a more bohemian outlook, we're going to preach about it."

It turns out Steve's favorite Radiohead album is "OK Computer", and grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and The Who. In fact, Steve thinks most Christian rock sucks, and says his Westboro Baptist Church is the equivalent of an edgy rock band.

"Dude, you think what people like about rock is that it is edgy? Do you think the Westboro Baptist Church is edgy in terms of the way we put ourselves out there?" he asks.

Interesting take from Steve, but guess what: Your church is still bats--t crazy, judging by your medieval view of modern culture. Try protesting that.

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    Jesus_Dean
    After reading the article about Emos in Iraq, it occured to me that the WBC would fit right in there. Let's take up a collection to send them on over, LOL.
    Senor Kristian
    I'm not buying that this church is for real anymore. They're just trolling to get attention it seems. I like Radiohead but calling them ""freak monkeys with mediocre tunes" made me burst out laughing.
    headstone05
    Radiohead ~ "Let's go guys, this church is definitely not cool"."Yeah that's the most uncool church I've ever seen".
    WhoAMEye
    What I dislike is how they hide behind constitutional rights to spread hatred views about other peoples constitutional rights. They really wouldn't get away with it in the UK. Having an opinion is one thing, Expressing it another. But what they are doing constitues a hate crime and they should be made to stop. They wouldn't get away with "God Hates Ni**ers" would they?
    Abacus11
    If the WBC protests you... it's because you're doing something right. It's like a badge of honor if these wastes-of-life hate you.
    dreadlock6
    id like to see Westboro Baptist Church protest at a Mayhem festival...ten bucks says they would leave in pieces
    Maestro1600
    Maxipad wrote: to everyone is mad about UG's statement that Radiohead is mediocre. Please, get real. UG is right on that one. Mediocre at best.
    You're absolutely right. All the bands you love are awesome, and all the bands you're not keen on suck. Saves the rest of us having opinions. Of course, opinions are what keep the comments coming. That's cool, as long as we all respect one another's. The problem is when the 'news' is heavily opinionated. It's just not even journalism anymore.
    Offworld92
    That's it. These guys have to be trolls. There's no possible way they can be serious.
    HARTATTACK69
    Before everyone starts religion bashing. These people do not represent the Christian faith, like how Al Qaeda doesn't represent the entire Islamic community. Think of them as separatists. Us regular Christians hate them to.
    WM121
    pinheadslts75 wrote: They're bat-shit crazy, yes. But they're also the only real Christians the media pays attention to.
    Except the WBC do not accurately represent Christianity in any way
    jjbarnes
    UG is being really non-news today. You shouldn't put in fragments like Sigh and your own denouncing of stuff like in the emos article, it's wrong but the way you put it makes you all come off as d-bag bloggers instead of a legit news source. Then again, you just steal articles from other websites and only work half-days apparently, so I suppose you aren't really a news site.
    USCENDONE BENE
    BigSpence wrote: Why post this in a news column? They'll go away if you just ignore them.
    History suggest otherwise...don't ignore them, kill em all
    metalbutterfly
    for those of you who say they will disappear if you ignore them...no they wont, for one simple reason. they are a bunch of hillbilly church cult (no offense to hillbillys and cults everywhere else). see the main thing was church (now i know all christians arnt dumbasses like these people)..i had about another 5 minutes worth of stuff to write but i lost my train of thought. FOO FIGHTERS HIGHSCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES!!!
    Maestro1600
    Pan-Tallica wrote: Checked. I hope these people burn.
    I hope they change. Their doctrine is about as offensive as its possible for a religion to be, but every time they're mentioned half the comments threaten to kill them all. Fighting reactionary extremists with equally extreme reactionary statements doesn't work. Just makes them feel like theyre in the right and adds to their persecution complex.
    ne14t
    Soon the West Baptist Church peoples are going to join up with the Stormfront people and breed a new kind of super nazi zombies...
    Music4life1994
    They've blackened the Christian name. I love the Foo Fighters for what they did to piss them off.
    hansome21
    When one of them dies I'm going to show up at the funeral with huge signs that say "There is no god, your friends life was a waste, and he's gone forever" See how they like it.
    Root Beer
    "But the point here is, when these musicians come to town that put themselves off as a voice of moral authority and yet reject the standards of God for a more bohemian outlook, we're going to preach about it."
    How exactly does Radiohead "put themselves off as a voice of moral authority"? Their songs have nothing to do with morality. They're just ****ing good songs. Honestly though, I'm not too upset with the church because they do this shit all the time. What I'm NOT ok with is this incredibly biased UG writer.
    HoverFan#1
    Hey when Fred dies, how about we all picket his funeral carrying signs depicting his skull getting skull-f*cked by Satan from South Park?
    DemonicTurtle66
    If websites, television news shows, and radio stations would stop reporting about WBC then they might go away.
    Ziggity
    They also protested the funerals of the Chardon school shooting victims
    jdwilson223
    I like how one of the members went on to say that he listens to radiohead, audioslave, Hendrix, Zeppelin, and the Who, and most christian music sucks. So it just makes since to protest those bands for not being a christian rock band, right?
    TOOLeffingTOOL
    They would go away if they stopped getting attention. This article shouldn't even be written.
    guitar7masta
    like the boy who cried wolf, if you protest literally everything in existence, no one will listen to you
    MegaGreg
    Westboro Baptist Church are back. Sigh.
    Best headline description ever.
    The_Drooge
    As much as I don't agree with the WBC, I can at least find it funny and reassuring that even christians think christian rock sucks. Frankly, this is just a group that is trying to do whatever they can to promote their beliefs and get their church known to try and get more people to come to their church and make "charitible donations" strictly to them. While I believe they have a right to make a spectacle of themselves, protesting rock music is very out of date and no one really cares as much as they think they do.
    iommi600
    headstone05 wrote: Radiohead ~ "Let's go guys, this church is definitely not cool"."Yeah that's the most uncool church I've ever seen".
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, haven't noticed that nice one sir.
    Fatally Sick101
    Ok even though I am a Christian but Westbourough Baptist is freaking rediculous! Will they shut up and leave the world alone!
    Apejack Cuba
    Apparently a hate group isn't that different from a punk or metal band. Go figure. Actually no that's wrong the guy's just a dumbass.
    sloppyjoe24
    WBC shouldn't be protesting them using "mediocre tunes" as a reason. If that's part or their argument, then they should be protesting artists in the top 40 position. Just sayin'.
    kettmannism
    Meanwhile, Vice spoke to one of the protesters, Steve, who complained that Radiohead weren't using their voice to spread the word of God - but then admitted to listening to Radiohead at home.
    Oh how I love hypocrisy from the religious right, and they are too stupid to even see it.
    Shadow914
    HARTATTACK69 wrote: Before everyone starts religion bashing. These people do not represent the Christian faith, like how Al Qaeda doesn't represent the entire Islamic community. Think of them as separatists. Us regular Christians hate them to.
    Funny, I thought christians weren't suppose to hate?
    codyjt5150
    before any atheist trolls start firing up, let me say this. THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT CHRISTIANS AT ALL. They just use God as a publicity stunt. They don't worship or follow anything from the Bible AT ALL. I am a Baptist Christian, and if you think that the Westboro is a perfect example of a Christian, YOU ARE AN IDIOT.
    jurnag12
    Go right ahead WBC, I've got my signs ready for when one you finally cross a line and get yourselves killed.
    spiff-corgi
    Highlights from the WBC include tweeting that Steve Jobs is in hell.. from an iPhone, and picketing a Foo Fighters concert because of their promotional advert which prompted the band to play a song about man love on a truck outside the venue. When you concentrate on just how horrible, horrific people they are it's ridiculously depressing, so let's just concentrate on how hilariously stupid they are and how hilarious the responses by famous people are. They don't want to save America, they've said that themselves, so there is no motive to their picketing. So just enjoy the comedy.
    Tylern1
    Alpha_Wolf wrote: STOP GIVING THIS CHURCH MEDIA COVERAGE. >
    IT'S WHAT THEY WANT!! AHHHHH But yeah they judge and they judge and they judge... such a sin