On March 21, Lorde will be performing in Kansas City, MO at the Midland Theater. Representatives from the Westboro Baptist Church will also be there, but they won’t be singing along to “Royals.” On their official website—I won’t even type the URL out, but yes, that is really their website—they say, “Westboro Baptist Church will picket Lorde at Midland Theater to warn the living.”
Some excerpts from their nonsensical explanation:
New Zealand came forth with a young lassie that doesn’t have enough sense to put in a thimble. Now the world has elevated her to the status of an idol. Then the world began to weigh in. They think this and that and blah, blah, barf… You are blind and naked and wretched and miserable and worse, you don’t even know it. You chase your idols and lusts and anger the Lord your God, such that he will not pass by you any more.
Listen up! Lorde has NO wisdom worth having. Here is the ONLY wisdom for you at this hour. God will not now and never has and never will permit his creation to engage in same-sex marriage and survive to tell about it!
Lorde responded on Twitter (tweets now deleted):
Everyone wear rainbow clothing to that show … [and] try to kiss church members who are same sex as you. They will so love it. Christmas comin early in kansas city.
According to The Guardian, the Westboro Baptist Church became upset with Lorde because of a recent radio interview. The host asked her about Taylor Swift: “I see you guys’ pictures everywhere. Are you guys together now? Not together as in lesbians, I’m not talking about ‘Ellen together’ I’m talking about, like you guys are friendly right?”
Lorde responded, “What do you mean you’re not talking about ‘Ellen together,’ is there something wrong with lesbians?”
The Westboro Baptist Church is known for their extreme hatred for gay people. Lorde is known for being 17 years old, winning a Grammy, and becoming one of the most popular stars in current music.