Westboro Baptist Church Founder's Death: Hollywood Celebrates on Social Media

1:54 PM PST 03/20/2014 by THR Staff
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Fred Phelps, Sr.

The death of Fred Phelps, whose church has long been an enemy of the entertainment industry, has stars joking and praising his demise online.

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps died Wednesday at age 84.

The church has long been an enemy of Hollywood, protesting at the funerals of Glee star Cory Monteith and film critic Roger Ebert and opposing concerts by artists like Lorde and Vince Gill.

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So it's perhaps not surprising that many stars are joking and taking delight in Phelps' death on social media.

However, a few have chosen not to speak ill of Phelps, instead hoping he finds peace. Among those who declined to celebrate Phelps' death, despite the church's anti-gay stance, were openly gay stars George Takei and Chely Wright.

Take a look at what Hollywood is saying about Phelps' death on Facebook and Twitter.

 
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