RICHMOND, Va. (CelebrityAccess) The Westboro Baptist Church, known for its controversial protests, descended upon the state capital of Virginia today but this time was met with a thunderous cacophony of kazoos, led by Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe.
Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe leading counter-protesters to an appearance by Westboro Baptist Church at Capitol Square Richmond, Virginia. pic.twitter.com/7jAwqijFKi
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Blythe, who is based in Richmond, organized a “couple hundred metalheads” with kazoos to drown out the Westboro church, which was there to protest the state’s first and only openly transgender lawmaker, Del. Danica Roem, D-Manassas.
Roem also happens to be a metal singer and Blythe considers her a friend, according to the Virginia Mercury.
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THIS is how you deal with clowns like the #westborobaptistchurch. They want hate. They want anger. They want screaming arguments. Most importantly, they want lawsuits- many of their members are attorneys just waiting for someone to punch them so they can sue the pants off them. What did RVA give them today? Outrageously costumed freaks. Dancing. Head banging. Drumming. Vuvuzelas. Oh yeah– and kazoos. LOTS of kazoos. The noise was INCREDIBLE– no one could hear a single word they said. They have the right to say those ignorant things- but you have the right to throw a party so loud they leave early, looking totally defeated. And that’s EXACTLY what happened today- we had a blast, & they burned through some of their bank account getting to our town. TOTAL VICTORY, so BEAT IT, KOOKS. I didn’t take a single photo today- too busy partying in the streets, MY STREETS. Everyone but the #westborobaptistchurch had a good time today- smiles all around, just the way I like it. Now I can get some rest & go back to my normal craziness. Thanks for showing up so early, RVA- y’all went HARD today. 🔥🔥🔥 #kazoo #counterparty #champagnejam #beatitkooks
Blythe asked his fans to dress in absurd costumes and plied them with free kazoos.
“These people are coming out and speaking a bunch of ignorance about my friend,” Blythe told the paper. “I don’t like that. So we came out and just drowned them out. That’s the easiest way. There’s no point in engaging these people.”
Roem did not attend the event, and only six members of the church were there.
“I set out to make the best out of a bad situation by doing what a good candidate for office should do,” Roem she said in an email last week to the paper. “Flip the script on something negative by raising money off of the response without amplifying the original negativity and driving a unifying message about love conquering hate.”
The Westboro church, which is led by a family of lawyers, has been known to create provactive protests, challenging communities to stop them – and, if the communities bite, the lawsuits that ensue make the church plenty of money.