It's become common knowledge that the bigots of Fred Phelps-led Kansas-based congregation Westboro Baptist Church are just about the biggest trolls under the sun. They show up to picket all sorts of events — from soldiers' funerals to pop concerts — in wildly inappropriate fashion, brandishing signs that sport vile slogans like "God hates fags" and "Fags doom nations" in hopes of gaining attention from the media. Some say it's a money-making scam, but others aren't so sure. Either way, as a member of the media I'm sorry to say that the part about getting people to talk about them frequently works. So forgive me as I spill more digital ink over America's most loathed and loathsome group of degenerate scumbags — but this is too good not to share.
Nashville's own Vince Gill — easily one of the hardest-working singers, songwriters and guitar-slingers in the country music game — is currently touring in support of Bakersfield, his recent release with steel master Paul Franklin. On Sunday night, Gill's tour brought him to Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Seeing as how it was in Westboro Baptist's neck of the woods — and seeing as how his current marriage to fellow performer Amy Grant is neither Gill's nor Grant's first — members of the WBC showed up at the Kauffman Center to protest the show.
YouTube user Sienna Stylish posted the above video of Gill confronting the Westboro Baptist Church members outside the Kauffman Center. Sienna Stylish's profile says she's "dedicated to exposing the insanity of the Westboro Baptist 'Church,' " though it's entirely possible this person is a WBC operative posing as a freedom fighter in order to gain more clicks — that's exactly the sort of thing those people do. Anyhow, as you can see in the video, Gill says he "came out to see what hatred really looked like in the face." A WBC member filming the exchange asks Gill, "Don't you know that divorce plus marriage equals adultery?" Gill responds by saying, "Don't you know that you fuckers are lucky that you don't have a sign that says something about my wife?" Gill goes on to say, "[Jesus Christ] said a lot of stuff about forgiveness, about grace — you guys don't have any of that." He then calls one member "a big dipshit" before asking, "Are any of you guys Phelpses, or are you like the C Team?"
So, again, I'm sorry to give these guys more press, but I'm proud to call Vince Gill a fellow Nashvillian.