The band Panic! at the Disco have struck back at the Westboro Baptist Church for recording a parody of one of their songs and picketing their show.
Last week the anti-gay church announced a picket of the band’s concert in Kansas City, Missouri, and released a cover of the song I Write Sins Not Tragedies, titled ‘You Love Sin What A Tragedy’.
Panic! at the Disco countered the announcement by pledging to donate $20 to the LGBT charity Human Rights Campaign for every person who donated.
However, just 13 picketers from the church showed up to protest the concert, leaving just a $160 donation.
The band posted on their Facebook page: “Thank you to the Westboro Baptist Church for the update on the total amount you donated to Human Rights Campaign today. $20×13= weak. We’re going to make it an even $1000. We will also be donating 5% of our total merch sales from this show to HRC.”
The homophobic church’s lyrics include:
Oh! You all say
It’s okay to be gay
Because practically fag marriage will stay
Well this calls for some truth
You’re all insane, fags are profane
We chime in with a
Haven’t you people ever heard of obeying the Word of God?
No, you all rebel against the King of Kings
With a sense of pride and immorality.
Last year, Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie said: “I find myself being attracted to dudes all the time. I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s a beautiful man.’
“There’s no shame in it; that’s how I feel. To stifle that would probably bring on stress and probably make somebody homophobic.
“I guess if I had to classify myself, I’d say I’m straight. But I have, in the past, experimented in other realms of homosexuality and bisexuality. Overall I’m more attracted to women.”