So, did arena-rock superstars Foo Fighters really take to Brandon Jazz’s playbook in combating Fred Phelps and his Westboro Babtist Church last week?
Let’s take it from the top: In addition to being tactless assholes, “pastor” Fred Phelps and the members of his Westboro Baptist “Church” are also stupid … and uncreative. If they were truly with God’s plan and wanted to punish and protest Foo Fighters — probably for going full-on MOR adult contemporary and sonically horse-whipping the world with that shitty “Best of You” song — and they were smart, they would’ve done so by throwing Mentos at the shape-shifting rock colorists, or by relentlessly shouting out requests for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” during their concert at Kansas City’s Sprint Center this past Friday.
Neither of those ideas occurred to the WBC faithful, who apparently now roll with smart phones. Instead, they congregated outside the arena before the gig, holding up their predictable slew of attention-pining signs sporting slogans like “God hates you,” “God hates your idols,” “God hates your feelings,” “Thank God for dead soldiers” and their classic, flagship standby, “God hates fags.”
“What could Fred Phelps possibly have against the Foo Fighters?” you ask. He never really explained, but a this-is-a-call-style press release the pastor posted on the church’s site (Link not included. Fuck them!) announcing the protest did address the band as “God-hating fools,” and their fans as zombies, saying:
You have no proper thoughts of the God that created you, but we’ll be there to make sure you don’t forget when you haul your rebellious carcasses into the Sprint Center to watch God-hating fools do their shtick. The day of your destruction is upon you …
Not so fast, Phelpsie-poo — just one look at the video above, posted yesterday on Foo Fighters' YouTube channel, and it’s clear that Dave Grohl & Co. have, true to their word, gotten the best, the best, the best, the best of you. Already having clocked in views past the million mark, the clip captures the band going incognito as alter-ego country troupe Hot Buns, donning redneck regalia and pulling up outside the picket line on a flatbed truck, effectively pulling the crowd’s attention away from the freak show and onto their two-stepper “Keep It Clean.” While this is going on, the congregants just stand there, stewing in dumbfounded hate, completely missing the opportunity to do God’s work and pelt them with fresh mints.
Certainly regular Cream readers are sure to notice a striking similarity between Foo Fighters’ lighthearted confrontation of the WBC and Nashvillian Brandon Jazz’s encounter with them last year. Question is, did the Foos take their cues from Jazz, or is this merely a coinkee-dink? Revisit Jazz’s vid (below) and decide for yourself.
Another question: Is anyone still shocked by the WBC’s shenanigans, or even amused? I mean, sure, for most, the simple sight of these psychotic simpletons still inspires a knee-jerk reaction of wanting to see how they’d scurry and hear how they’d scream were a counter-protester to take a flamethrower to their picket line — but only because that would be HILARIOUS. If the Foo Fighters can get mileage off ribbing your “cause” in a jocular, hokey-jokey music video, I’d say the jig is up — join Team Bachmann if you wanna offend people with your tragically misguided, sheepish nitwittedness.
Now, check out a video (below) of Dave Grohl rockin’ out in the pit at a recent Soundgarden concert in LA: