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Radiohead Show Picketed by Westboro Baptist Church

Anti-gay group protests at rockers' Kansas City concert

March 12, 2012 4:50 PM ET
Radiohead on stage during the band's 2012 tour
Radiohead on stage during the band's 2012 tour
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Radiohead received an ugly reception this weekend in Kansas City, Missouri, when the anti-gay group Westboro Baptist Church protested their show.

As Radiohead At Ease reports, the hate group picketed outside the group's concert with vitriolic signs, slamming the British rockers with homophobic slurs and insisting that God was "their enemy." For their part, Radiohead continued their gig unaffected and their longtime producer, Nigel Godrich, later joked on Twitter that the protest was the "highlight of the tour so far."

This weekend, Westboro also posted on their site:

Meanwhile, God is undoing this nation and effecting [sic] all of your lives, with the moth that quietly eats the very fabric of your national garment. Radiohead is just such an event. Freak monkey's [sic] with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness. It changes nothing, God is undoing and digging up and throwing down this nation.

To be fair, doesn't "freak monkeys with mediocre tunes" sounds a bit like a OK Computer-era Radiohead lyric? Godrich, for one, seemed inspired by the concept.

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