The Arts and Entertainment wing of the Westboro Baptist Church likes to group up and polish their Garageband skills by writing and recording their own parody versions of famous songs, with their own “God Hates _______” spin on them, of course.
For example, the group has redone songs like Lorde’s “Royals” with lyrics like:
Cuz every song you sing’s bare-teeth, ragin, sinnin’ in the bedroom
Bloodlust, scoffin’, trashin’ your Creator
You don’t care; you’re really bad-asses in your dreams.
But in reality Christ will payback, comin’ in the clouds He’ll
Set His throne, then mockers will be screeching
“It ain’t fair!” … we’ll be caught up with Him in the air
There are 145 parody songs on Westboro’s Soundcloud account, which is plenty enough for John Caswell to make hay with.
John Caswell of New York’s Progressive Theatre Workshop wrote and directed a play called “God Hates This Show: Shirley Phelps-Roper in Concert, Live From Hell.”
The idea of the show is that Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of WBC founder Fred Phelps, has just died and now finds herself in Hell. Surprise, Shirley!
As part of her sentence, she is forced to perform some of Westboro’s greatest hits with a backup band of demons and imps accompanying her.
The show had a limited run in New York in 2013 and got rave reviews. And now you can see it, streaming live on Halloween night.
The show will have a one-night engagement at The Public Theatre’s Joe’s Pub and be streamed live over the Joe’s Pub YouTube channel so the whole Westboro congregation, everyone in Topeka, and even you can witness the splendor.
“Westboro has been informed of their opportunity to experience the event live, and has responded by rejoicing and thanking Progressive Theatre Workshop for doing the Lord’s work on their behalf,” Caswell said.
The lyrics for some of the parody material were taken directly from Westboro’s website. Song titles include “Death in Your Window,” a Westboro-style parody of Melissa Etheridge’s “Come to My Window”.
As for that Lorde parody that Westboro does, here it is in all its glory.