Fred Phelps may have died last week, but the Westboro Baptist Church is continuing on with their mission of attacking Hollywood and infuriating just about everyone. Their latest target was Lorde, with the controversial church protesting her concert in Kansas City, MO. Lorde posted (and later deleted) a series of tweets mocking the Westboro picket, but her Twitter comments quickly went viral and led to powerful results.
"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,” wrote Westboro on their website. “Then the world began to weigh in. They think this and that and blah, blah, barf." In response, Lorde took to Twitter and posted three tweets encouraging her fans to take action at the protest.
“Hahaha omg just found out westboro baptist church are going to picket my show in kansas city... everyone wear rainbow clothing to that show,” she wrote. “Everyone try to kiss church members who are same sex as you they will so love it christmas comin early in kansas city.” Several Lorde fans showed up with large signs for the Westboro protest which read “Live Your Life and Be Awesome” and “Sorry For Your Loss,” a reference to Phelps’ death.
The New Zealand singer has been a supporter of the gay community since rising to fame. She even recently slammed a radio host joking that she was in a lesbian relationship with Taylor Swift, asking the DJ “is there something wrong with lesbians? Is that what you’re trying to say?”
But it does seem that Lorde and Swift have struck up a strong platonic friendship in recent month. They recently posted an Instagram photo of themselves hanging out on the beaches of Malibu and also enjoyed a girls day out earlier this month in NYC, leading many to believe that they will soon record a duet together. "Yeah we are [different]. But I think the cool thing about Taylor is she is pretty willing to go a lot of places with music," said Lorde last month. "I think that last record [Red] in particular, everyone was like 'Woah', a lot of ground has been covered. And I think with an artist like her, the sky is the limit."