God Hates Lady Gaga

According to yesterday’s New York Times, this has been an unusually cold winter due to a mass of high pressure over Greenland that has forced the jet stream down under North America’s collar. According to the Rev. Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, “God is knocking the crap out of this country” for its various sinful ways—chiefly its acceptance of fags, whom He hates—and in doing so sent a storm that prevented Westboro members from driving to St. Louis last Thursday to protest outside a Lady Gaga concert.

He took that Parody and the words from his people and he dropped them ALL OVER THIS WORLD and then when it came time to make that trip, he shut up this country so they could hold the picket alone and do the work for us. 🙂 YAY!

Huh? On New Year’s Eve, Westboro released a parody of Lady Gaga’s song “Poker Face,” accusing Gaga of showing her “filth to everybody,” peddling a “fake ‘love’ substitution,” and having a “whorish face.” To promote their new single, Westboro members planned to piggyback on Gaga’s closest-to-Kansas concert. But God’s shutting up of this country shut up the pickets. One might interpret this as God preventing Westboro from picketing, but the church welcomed the storm: “YAY! Our God doeth all things well.”

Perhaps Phelps and Co. were to be outdone by the counter-protest kiss-in to be held by LBGBT activists, and God stepped in to prevent it. Even in their absence, Lady Gaga felt compelled to say, “Hands up for love, unity, and gay fucking pride.”

In an essay posted today on KtB, I write about Phelps’s simultaneously repulsive and compelling poetry. Perhaps Phelps recognized a fellow baroque auteur in Lady Gaga, whose work and persona are almost as hermetic and obscene as his own. Maybe she’s just a touch too P.C. for true holiness.

Josh Garrett-Davis is a writer and musician living in New York City. He has written for High Country News, the Denver Post, and South Dakota History, and plays bass in the punk rock band Krylls. He is writing a book about the Great Plains.