The holiday season is a time to spread love, light and joy which means that for infamous religious group Westboro Baptist Church, ’tis the season to up the religiously fueled anti-LGBTQIA+ protests and pickets.
The Westboro Baptist Church took to Twitter in the late afternoon of November 28 to announce that they would be picketing pop star Kim Petras’ show at The Truman in Kansas City, Missouri:
“You know when you’re having one of those days, when you realize that your knowledge of the levels that this generation has reached,” the bulletin-like Twitter notice stated, “debasing themselves in every imaginable and unimaginable way, in departing from the pure standards of God? Well this is one of those days. Just read the Wikipedia page of this sad soul calling himself Kim Petras.”
Petras, 27, is transgender and completed gender reassignment surgery in 2008 at the young age of 16.
The dark and grammatically incorrect notice by the WBC continued on to call Petras by the incorrect pronoun “him” and labeled her gender reassignment as “nonsense” performed by “witch doctors.”
The singer’s initial response was a tweet sent out to all of her fans accompanied by an 11-second video clip of the singer in the video for her latest single, “Icy“:
“this is my official statement on wbc picketing my show in kansas tomorrow,” Petras wrote, “this is the energy i’m bringing n it should be yours too.”
If nothing else, the Westboro Baptist Church knows how to follow through on a commitment and showed up outside of Petras’ show right on cue on December 1 singing anti-LGBTQIA+ songs and picketing the arena with signs plastered with messages such as ‘God won’t change your chromosomes’ and ‘Repent or perish.’
Petras responded by having an impromptu photoshoot right in front of the protesters, wearing nothing but a black turtleneck bodysuit, fishnet stockings and knee high boots, in a video posted to her Instagram:
“update,” Petras captioned the photo and video clip, “hoes still mad.”
The post showed support for Petras pouring in across the industry, from Katy Perry commenting ‘icon’ to fellow LGBTQIA+ activist and entertainer Todrick Hall writing ‘Most iconic thing you’ve ever done.’
The post has since garnered over 160,000 likes and 7,000 comments and it doesn’t appear to be fading away from fans’ feeds anytime soon.
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