Westboro Baptist Church Protests Radiohead Show
  • MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

  • Posted by: Don Saas

"Freak monkeys with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness." Are these words to the next unreleased Radiohead track that the band is releasing in their current concert craze. How about "You prop up lightness and lies," or "the moth that quietly eats the very fabric of your national garment?" Don't these sound like the kind of thing Thom Yorke might quietly whisper and overdub and layer on top of frenetic drum loops and haunting orchestration? Well, guess what? It's actually from notorious anti-gay (well, nihilistically anti-everything to be honest) hate group, the Westboro Baptist Church, led by prolific shit-stirrer and (ironically) former civil rights lawyer Fred Phellps. The Topeka, Kansas based WBC were protesting outside of Radiohead's concert in Kansas City and here's a snippet of the band's "logic" (a word we're not entirely sure they grasp) of why they needed to take their carnival act to mess with Thom Yorke and company.

You have stolen the Word of God from your people and children, and as a sorry substitute, you prop up lightness and lies. You try to get the people to look at the nonsense and not at the wrath of God that abides upon them. Look at the circus monkey over there and the fluffy setting, blah, blah Meanwhile, God is undoing this nation and effecting all of your lives, with the moth that quietly eats the very fabric of your national garment. Radiohead is just such an event. Freak monkeys with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness. It changes nothing, God is undoing and digging up and throwing down this nation.


We're going to play a game. It's called pick out as many lines from their comments that could possibly be Radiohead lyrics. Join us in the comments section! Maybe we'll pick a winner. You won't actually win anything other than our recognition but hey, that's something right? In all seriousness though, people like the WBC represent essentially everything that's wrong with both our national discourse even when what they do is rightfully protected by freedom of speech. Unless it turns out that Fred Phelps is the biggest troll in the history of free spech (a surprisingly popular theory), this is just another example of self-righteous attention whores begging for attention (which I guess makes this partially our fault since we're feeding their troll fire). People like this remind us why we want instant access to Jon Stewart's gospel choir.

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