News

Lorde urges fans to ‘kiss’ Westboro Baptist protesters

Lorde urges fans to ‘kiss’ Westboro Baptist protesters

PROTEST: Lorde doesn't seem to mind a few friends from the Westboro Baptist Church. Photo: Associated Press

“Royals” singer Lorde is laughing off a planned protest outside her upcoming Missouri concert by members of ultra-religious group the Westboro Baptist Church, urging her fans to hug the extremists.

The activists, who regularly demonstrate outside the gigs of music acts they disapprove of, have attacked the teenager for taking the Lord’s name in vain – and adding an “e.”

And they don’t like the fact she has become a huge star, adding, “New Zealand came forth with a young lassie that doesn’t have enough sense to put in a thimble. Now the world has elevated her to the status of an idol.”

So they’re planning a protest outside the Midland Theater in Kansas City prior to Lorde’s show there on Friday, prompting the singer to urge fans to welcome the WBC members.

In a now-deleted tweet to fans, she wrote, “Everyone wear rainbow clothing to that show. Everyone try to kiss church members who are same sex as you they will so love it.”

The extremists, led by Fred Phelps and his son Nate, are fervently opposed to homosexuality and have staged many protests against artists who are gay or who promote same sex relationships.

Latest Stories

in Sports

Foles rallies Eagles to beat Colts in Indy

Fresh
colts

Philadelphia rallied for a second successive week to record a 30-27 victory with a Cody Parkey field goal as time expired.

in Sports

Vikings reinstate Peterson after abuse charge

Fresh
peterson

Minnesota says the star running back will play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

in Sports

NFL adds 4 women to help shape domestic violence policies

Fresh
nfl

In a memo to the league's 32 teams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he hired advisors to shape programs for domestic violence and sex assault.