Of course, the haters at the Westboro Baptist weren’t willing team members, but that doesn’t matter. When Westboro decided to protest Lisa’s show in Topeka, Kansas, she had a great idea: for every one of those rubes that shows up, she’ll donate $1,000 to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis:
48 people, many of them children turned up to the demonstration complete with their usual placards declaring declaring that “God hates fags” and that “Fags are beasts” as well as “the Jews killed Jesus” (Lampanelli is not Jewish).
After the show, Lampanelli tweeted that she’d round up the donation, writing: “I won’t quibble. I’ll make it an even $50,000!!!”
What a lovely gesture! Thanks to Westboro for sending the whole flock out to Lisa’s show, as that money will go a long way toward helping a lot of people.
Here’s some fun video of the event:
Lisa talked to the Village Voice afterward, which was pretty entertaining. On the subject of what she’d like to put in the “for” line of her $50,000 check:
So we’re going to GMHC on Wednesday. I asked if we could put in the memo line of the check, “Courtesy of the in-bred bigots,” but the nice lady at GMHC said that’s a little politically incorrect.
On the subject of people who may think giving Westboro any attention is too much attention:
Some people have told me that I gave them too much attention. Well, I gave them attention to give 50 grand to help stop AIDS. So shut the f*ck up.
All righty then. Good work, Lisa.