by Ali Berman
Categories: Causes
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When comedian Lisa Lampanelli found out that members of the Westboro Baptist Church were planning on protesting her show in Topeka Kansas because she’s a gay rights supporter, she decided to turn a bad situation into a funny one.

Lampanelli said that for every protester who showed up from the Westboro Baptist Church, she would donate $1,000 to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, an HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy organization.

Well, 48 protesters showed up that day with their venomous signs that said things like, “God Hates You.” Lampanelli went outside before her show to see them for herself, and to share a few choice words with them. She said to a cheering crowd (and a confused bunch of protesters), “These a**holes have contributed to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis!”

The comedian later took to her twitter account to say, “Hey guys — Make that $50,000!!! WBC inbreds counted 48 protesters, so I won’t quibble. I’ll make it an even $50,000!!!”

Lisa told TMZ, “It’s gonna be hilarious to write out the checks to the GMHC and have them send thank you notes to the WBC for their ‘generous contributions.'”

That’s certainly a way to take the air out of someone’s protest. Have their presence fuel a cause they despise!

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Asha

    This was a great idea! I’m sorry but these gay protesters are too much and no one is perfect so they should save judgement for themselves.

  • don miguelo

    Ouch! That’s gotta hurt the WBC! I think that this approach is a little sneaky but I have no sympathy for those particular protesters at all.

    I think we should do the same with those ones that protest military funerals. That should get rid of that attention-getting egomaniacal behavior pretty quick. Just hope the Japanese whalers don’t pull this with the SSCS protesters!

    • David

      Actually the WBC got exactly what they wanted, their names in the news. And thanks to her antics they got even wider news coverage than they would have otherwise.

      The way to deal with groups like the WBC is to ignore them. They thrive on controversy and attention. If you ignore them, they will get bored and go try and cause problems somewhere else. But if you feed their need for attention you convince them to keep doing what got them your attention.

      Good for Lisa in making a donation to the GMHC but if she thinks she got the last laugh on the WBC she is delusional because she gave them exactly what they wanted, recognition.

      • don miguelo

        Agreed, attention/recognition is their goal. ‘Delusional’ is a little heavy-handed though– I think she surprised them a bit with this response.

  • Jeff Davis

    Watch Lisa Lampanelli confront the Westboro Baptist Church protesters before her show in Topeka last weekend. YOUTUBE: