"Silent Bob" Kevin Smith invites Westboro Baptists to the movies

The Phelps family and their Westboro Baptist Church have a love/hate relationship with the rest of the world -that is to say, they love to hate most of it- and they make no exception for actor/director Kevin Smith whose new horror film, Red State, is loosely based on them. They've taken time off from their busy schedule of demonstrations at military funerals, Jewish groups, gay organizations, etc., to picket Red State's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and again during a pre-release showing at the Midland Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, March 12th (you can see a video of both the protest and the counter-protest at Sundance on this page).

When Kevin Smith (who's probably best known for portraying Silent Bob of the duo Jay and Silent Bob in a number of films) heard the Phelps clan was coming to picket the Kansas City showing, he offered them free tickets to see the movie and perhaps stick around for the Q&A Smith was hosting afterward. They eventually accepted 15 complimentary tickets.

What happened next is here.


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