The Westboro Baptist Church, becoming infamous for attacking celebrities whose opinions or lifestyles they don’t agree with, has now chosen Ben Gibbard of the band Death Cab for Cutie as their latest target.
The church picketed Radiohead back in March, although didn’t really give a good reason then, except that they are ”freak monkeys with mediocre tunes," according to Diffuser.fm.
But this time, the church is condemning Gibbard’s sister, who is a lesbian.
“WBC will picket the motley group Death Cab for Cutie and their pervert lead singer, Ben Gibbard — a major f*g-enabler,” the church’s website said, according to Diffuser. “He, too, is worthy of death like his d**e sister who is ‘married’ to another woman. If he loved his sister, he’d tell her the truth, to wit: God hates her because she is a proud sinner.”
Gibbard sat down with the A.V. Club who asked the singer what he thought about the comments made by the Westboro Baptist church. It appears Gibbard has chosen to take the high road.
“The Westboro Baptist Church as an organization is a perfect example to use when you’re talking about the strengths of free speech,” Gibbard says, according to Diffuser. “I abhor everything they’re doing, but they have the right to be doing it. As painful as it is to say, I’d rather live in a country where people can voice that kind of outrageousness. As long as they keep it legal, they can do what they choose.”
The group also mentions a group that Gibbard supports, Music for Marriage Equality, a Washington group.
The church’s attacks on Radiohead and Death Cab for Cutie have made some other enemies in the music world. Neon Trees talked to Diffuser about the issue.
“I feel like you can do so much positive things and pro things,” Neon Trees drummer Elaine Bradley told Diffuser. “You’re allowed to express your opinion. I mean, I express my negative opinions all the time, but I don’t know if I would purposely set out to go against something. I think I might just go try to persuade people to go for something. It just seems like a horrible waste of effort.”
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