Westboro Baptist Church Founder's Death: Hollywood Celebrates on Social Media
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.
Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist church has died. I pray there is a God and hope there is a hell— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) March 20, 2014
It seems the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, has died. I sincerely hope he rests in peace. God knows he struggled here.— Chely Wright (@chelywright) March 20, 2014
Feels weird to celebrate Fred Phelps' death considering that sort of thing was basically his favorite hobby.— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) March 20, 2014
To borrow a (perhaps apocryphal) phrase from Bette Davis, "I was taught to speak only good of the dead. Fred Phelps is dead. Good!"— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) March 20, 2014
People are saying I should forgive Fred Phelps because it's the Christian thing to do. But I'm Jewish. We hold grudges.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) March 20, 2014
RIP Fred Phelps. The Martin Luther King of the opposite of that.— Anthony Jeselnik (@anthonyjeselnik) March 20, 2014
"Oh Fred Phelps. Come right in" -Satan— andy lassner (@andylassner) March 20, 2014