Footage from Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe‘s “counter-party” this morning has surfaced online. In the footage, Blythe and co. successfully defeat the Westboro Baptist Church using nothing but the sheer power of love and noise makers.
The counter-party in question called for voices to support the first openly trans delegate in any state legislature, Danica Roem, who also happens to be Blythe’s friend. Much to the Westboro Baptist Church’s dismay, who were there to protest Roem’s election, Blythe and his supporters annoyed them so much, they decided to call it quits 10 minutes early.
As previously reported, Blythe intended to fight back against the Westboro Baptist Church’s agenda using kazoos and a costume contest.
“So let them come with their signs and nonsense—as long as everyone remains cool, ignores these mental cripples, and plays ripping kazoo tunes, then all the Westboro Baptists will have accomplished is burning some of the funds in their travel bank account,” Blythe says in a story with Style Weekly. “I’m not interested in arguing with these morons, getting upset, yelling at them—I’m interested in having a good time at their expense. That’s why this is a counter-party, not a counter-protest.”
Both sides decided to gather at the Virginia State Capitol at 9 a.m. this morning. However, according to Metal Injection, Blythe’s counter-party drew in numbers four times the size of the Westboro Baptist Church’s.
Check out some video footage from the counter-party below.
@hEnereyG hopefully this is a good start to your day. Randy Blythe from lamb of god organized a counter party to the Westboro Baptist Church today in Va. this is the result. pic.twitter.com/kN5MAcdkHG
— Corgin Hammersmith (@Finn_Dingo) March 11, 2019
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
— Chip Lauterbach (@ChipLauterbach) March 11, 2019
Big shoutout to Randy Blythe of @lambofgod and all the supporters today who held a counter protest so big and loud the Westboro Baptist Church called it quits 10 minutes early. pic.twitter.com/tOIYeZBvii
— Ethan Damon (@ethan_damon) March 11, 2019
The day prior, Blythe posted a video of himself promoting the counter-party. You can check out that message below.
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Watch the FULL VIDEO here on my IGTV. Tomorrow, 9 AM, 1000 Bank St, Richmond VA. $200 cash prize for best costume! We will have at least 200 kazoos to give out & various other melodious party-enhancing devices. Get there by 8:45 AM at the latest! My friend @dargott (director of the “As the Palaces Burn” documentary) is sending out a small film crew to document this EPICNESS. Remember, not matter what kind of offensive things they say- DO NOT ARGUE OR ENGAGE IN ANY WAY with the buffoons of the #westborobaptistchurch- that’s what they want. We’ll just drown them out instead. What if they don’t show? I don’t cancel parties because unwanted jerks don’t show up- there will still be a #kazoo #champagnejam & CASH MONEY for best costume. See y’all there! #kazoo #counterparty #westborobaptistchurch #beatitkooks
The Westboro Baptist Church is known for their hatred of the LGBTQ+ community, and is commonly referred to as a hate group. In addition to their remarks made against LGBTQ+ folks, the group are also known for picketing at funerals.
In the past, the Westboro Baptist Church has attempted to protest at a Fall Out Boy concert. Additionally, the church also took a stab at Warped Tour in 2017. Of course, they were met with a larger, more powerful force of LGBTQ+ punks.
What do you think of Blythe’s wild effort to give the Westboro Baptist Church a hard time? Sound off in the comments below.