Westboro Church serenaded by Foo Fighters before concert

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The tables were turned on Westboro Baptist Church when the Foo Fighters serenaded picketers from the radical group before the band's concert at the Sprint Center Friday night in downtown Kansas City.

The Foo Fighters wore costumes that they used in their recent parody video "Hot Buns", and mocked the small group of Westboro protesters, who are known for their anti-homosexual views.

Lyrics in the Foo Fighters song taunted the church's views, including the satirical lyrics "Driving all night, got a hankering for something/Think I'm in the mood for some hot-man muffins/Mmmm, sounds so fine, yes indeed."

Westboro Baptist Church is a small but very vocal group based out of Topeka, Kan., that are also known for picketing at US soldier's funerals, as well as picketing the funerals of other high-profile deaths, like the death of the wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards.

Many states, including the Phelps' home state of Kansas and the state of Missouri have passed or attempted to pass laws that would restrict the type of protests that the church is infamous for, but the Supreme Court has repeatedly sided in favor with Westboro.

The church group says that they protest various events because of the United States' acceptance of homosexuality and homosexual lifestyles, and claim that God will punish America because of that acceptance.

Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl ended the serenade and rebutted the group's point-of-view with a message of American pride.

"Ladies and gentlemen,God bless America! Land of the free, home of the brave," said Grohl.

The Foo Fighters were not alone in their protest. Many others could be seen holding signs in counter-protest to the church's views.

"Whether you're black or white, or gay or straight, or the Foo Fighters, God loves everybody," said Abby Livella.

The video went viral over the weekend, with this story generating more than 75,000 page views over the weekend and more than 300,000 people watching the video on YouTube.com/NBCActionNews.

The Foo Fighters also posted video of their counterporest on their YouTube page on Saturday, and it has been viewed more than 400,000 times.


Note - Some of the audio was inaudible, and it is unclear if expletives were used in the song. NBC Action News decided to mute those portions of the song.


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