Lady Gaga fights homophobe hate with wit, kindness

Mon. July 19, 2010 12:32 AM by News Staff

St. Louis, Missouri - Fred Phelps' ragtag band of homophobic hate mongers didn't quite get the reaction they were hoping for, when they protested outside a Lady Gaga concert in St. Louis.

The Westboro Church members held up signs attacking Lady Gaga for being "immoral" and "pro-gay."

Lady Gaga took the high road, and warned fans over Facebook to ignore the group entirely as they arrived at the concert.

"This group of protesters are hate criminals and preach using lewd and violent language and imagery that I wish I coult protect you all from. Their message is of hatred and divisiveness, but inside at the Monsterball we preach love and unity," she wrote.

"Although I respect and do not judge anyone for their personal views on any politics or religion, this group in particular to me is violent and dangerous," she continued. "I wanted to make my fans aware of my views on how to approach, or rather not approach, these kinds of hate activists."

The concert was a success. Afterwards, Lady Gaga tweeted: "Tonight love and hate met in St. Louis. And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed. + Together, we sang."