Louis Theroux: America’s Most Hated Family In Crisis

3 04 2011

America’s Most Hated Family In Crisis is a follow-up to his acclaimed 2007 documentary The Most Hated Family In America, and sees Theroux return to Topeka, Kansas for a second visit to the Westboro Baptist Church.

A fire-and-brimstone Christian group, made up of 80 members of the Phelps family, has garnered worldwide notoriety thanks to their funeral picketing of soldiers killed in action.

Believing they were killed as God’s punishment for America’s toleration of homosexuality, the family wield anti-gay placards while singing their own disturbing lyrics to Lady Gaga tunes.

In the four years since Theroux’s first documentary, a series of defections of family members has shaken up the church. They’ve also been at the centre of a landmark supreme court case (the court ruled that vicious anti-gay rhetoric was constitutionally protected) and their beliefs have become increasingly bizarre.

For Theroux the story has moved on, which is partly why he wanted to return. That and the fact he admits he’s “fascinated” by the Phelps family.

“It sounds really odd to say this but there are aspects of them that are quite nice, given how hateful they and the pickets are,” he says, adding he found his attitude towards them “modulated”.

“When you’re on the pickets you find yourself shocked and sometimes upset by what they’re doing, and then at other times you see them as normal people. The challenge is to try and manage your reaction,” he explains.

“I mean we’re human beings, they’re human beings, in some way you have to guard against demonising them too much, and against becoming desensitised by being around them.”

The documentary is being broadcast tonight at 9pm on BBC2 – make sure you tune in.





Megan Phelps-Roper Whorish Face

21 10 2010

I have only just come across this so excuse me for being a little late but I still feel that I have to share this, if only to prove even further that the Westboro Baptist Church are as nutty as a bar of squirrel shit.

It has been very well documented that the so called “Reverend” Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church has a beef with a lot of people: gays, soldiers, Americans, Lady Diana and of course and perhaps the one that I find  most puzzling Lady GaGa.

Well it turns out that Megan Phelps-Roper, has gone one further using  Gaga’s own song “Poker Face” to illustrate her families’s case.

I haven’t been able to find any sort of statement from Megan Phelps-Roper to accompany this re-release of Lady GaGa’s catchy hit but if you can bring yourself to listen to this then it is quite self explanatory; the general gist of it being that everything that Lady GaGa does and indeed her mere existence, offends God.

The same message was also contained in a press statement issued by the Reverend some time ago when he called for a boycott of a Lady GaGa gig at the Fox Theater.

The general thrust of the Reverend’s argument was that Lady GaGa is basically a whore who uses her music and fame to corrupt the nations youngsters, as usual there were a slew of Bible quotes which he twisted to suit his hateful purposes.

“‘Art’ and ‘fashion’ are the euphemisms, the guise under which proud [expletive] Lady Gaga teaches rebellion against God (incidentally, her claim to the title of ‘lady’ is sound only if she tacks on ‘of the night,’ thereby alluding to another euphemism of what she is.) As much as she’d like to pretend otherwise, there’s nothing new or different about this particular [expletive]’s pretentious prancing. Does the simple [expletive] truly think that she can change God’s standards by seducing a generation of rebels into joining her in fist-raised, stiff-necked, hard-hearted rebellion against Him? Get real!” the Phelps wrote.

To add to this Phelps also claimed that far from liberating her young fans GaGa was actually leading them into slavery to Satan, maybe that is what she was getting at in “Just Dance”??

Seriously here Fred, you accuse GaGa of being nothing new, maybe you should have a quick look back at the ranting and raving that used to be directed at the Rolling Stones et al back in the day. Railing on musicians for leading youth astray / encouraging devil worship predates even your outdated torrent of vitriol…

Anyway here for your listening and viewing pleasure is Megan Phelps-Roper’s rendition of Poker Face complete with accompanying video.

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