March 12, 2012


Westboro Baptist Church Call Radiohead "Freak Monkeys"

Kevin Mazur
Kevin Mazur

The Radiohead lads must be getting a kick out of this: The anti-gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church protested the band's show this weekend in Kansas City, Missouri, near the church's home base of Topeka, Kansas. Check out a pathetic, yet hilarious, photo of the protesters right here. Apparently they hate everyone from England, especially Radiohead. [At Ease via Pitchfork]

A post to the church's website refers to Radiohead as "freak monkeys," and even says they have "mediocre tunes." Westboro Baptist Church: the newest form of music journalism!

Here's an excerpt from the church's post: "You try to get the people to look at the nonsense and not at the wrath of God that abides upon them. Look at the circus monkey over there and the fluffy setting, blah, blah... Meanwhile, God is undoing this nation and effecting all of your lives, with the moth that quietly eats the very fabric of your national garment. Radiohead is just such an event."

Well. Okay then. Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, who is joining the band on tour as a multi-instrumentalist, cracked about the church on Twitter, calling the protesters the "highlight of the tour so far." 

Next time the church protests a Radiohead gig, perhaps the band should take a page out of Foo Fighters' book and play a special counter-protest show especially for the hate group. Watch it below, along with footage of Radiohead playing "Separator"—my favorite track from their new album The King of Limbs—in Kansas City.