A Lady Gaga concert in St. Louis ran into trouble Saturday night when a group of protesters showed up to picket the show.
The anti-gay protesters from Westboro Baptist Church stood outside the Scottrade Center over the weekend, where they picketed the pop star/gay rights activist’s ongoing Monster Ball Tour with signs reading “God Hates Lady Gaga.” Angry at Gaga’s outspoken support of gay rights, the protesters denounced Gaga for using her art form to teach “rebellion against God.”
Members of the Westboro Church have protested the “PokerFace” powerhouse before, but when parishoners brought their controversial views to her live show, Gaga fired back.
Gaga took to Twitter to launch her counter attack, posting several messages to her fans at the concert.
“At the risk of drawing attention to a hateful organization, I would like to make my little monster fans aware of a protest being held outside the Monsterball in St.Louis tonight,” Gaga Tweeted.
“Although we have had protesters before, as well as fundamentalists at the show, this group of protesters are hate criminals and preach using lude and violent language and imagery that I wish I protect you all from.”
Gaga pleaded with her fans to not fight back or allow themselves to be provoked by the protesters. At the end of the concert, the singer declared to her fans that love had won out on the night.
“Tonight love and hate met in St. Louis. And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed. + Together, we sang.”