In a surprisingly uncharacteristic move, the Humanitarian arm of the Westboro Baptist Church has announced that the hate group will picket the funeral of Joan Rivers.
In a photo posted on the group’s Instagram account, they labeled the recently-deceased comedienne a “Fag Enabler in Hell”.
They further commented:
"Joan Rivers wasted her 81 years being a cruel, vain, mocker of sin and God, serving herself and not giving a care for her, her daughter's or her fans' souls. Shame on anyone who DOESN'T picket her funeral! (Physically or digitally.)”
The group is probably still sore over that time that Rivers supported an Indiegogo campaign for a musical play about Shirley Phelps-Roper, the group’s leader. The show is called “God Hates This Show: Shirley Phelps-Roper In Concert, Live From Hell”. Rivers, along with Margaret Cho and author Ann Bannon donated autographed swag for funders of the project.
The campaign did achieve its $10,000 goal.
The church claims that God Hates the Media, but it has become adept at using the media, especially social media, as a tool to get its message of hate and death out to as many people as possible.
Recently, after tweeting a hate-filled message about Joan Rivers, the Westboro Twitter account was suspended.
Westboro has learned that they can stay in the minds and headlines of America by simply coattailing on whatever celebrity death or event happens to be going on that week.
Did a celeb die? Easy pickings. Tell the media you will picket their funeral.
No death this week? Fall back to the old standby of funerals of soldiers or kids.
Hardly a news cycle passes without the Westboro group finding some story on which to hang their “God Hates” protest signs.