John M. Becker

Westboro Baptist Has Awkwardly Funny Vines

Filed By John M. Becker | January 12, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: absurd, religion-based bigotry, Vine, Westboro Baptist Church, WTF, you've gotta be kidding me

westboro-pastor-whore.pngWestboro Baptist Church -- the Topeka, Kansas-based cult of homophobic extremists that the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America" -- is an utterly reprehensible den of prejudice. Their "God Hates Fags" brand of bigotry has inspired visceral disgust across the country and around the world.

And yet, as society moves ever further towards LGBT acceptance and WBC's hateful views are relegated to the extreme fringes of the extreme fringe, they're becoming something else: an eyeroll-inducing, outrage-trolling, attention-seeking caricature.

Perhaps the best evidence of this (that I've seen, anyway) comes from the church's Vine. Just in case you're not aware, Vine is a "micro-video" app that allows users to create and upload six-second looping video clips to Twitter and Facebook.

Naturally, WBC has adopted this new medium as yet another platform to spread their hate. But some of their video loops aren't so much hateful as comical.

Does Westboro Baptist Church know they're nothing but a joke? Check out a selection of their Vines after the jump and let us know what you think. Warning: they still contain WBC's usual awful language and infamous signs, so don't click through if you're easily offended.

What was that?!?

I'm sorry, but with that warbly vibrato, I'm not angry with her. I'm laughing at her.

But wait -- aren't cartoon characters, like, the work of Satan or something?

I seriously can't even.

And now, for my two favorites. Between the four-part harmony, Winnie-the-Pooh lady's screechy high note on the final "faaaaags!," and the woman on the left wiggling her head back and forth, this Vine is kind of perfect:

Finally, I don't even know what this is, but the whole thing (plate of cupcakes, tiny sign, hateful yet utterly absurd message) is so random that I nearly died laughing.

"Your pastor is a whore"?!? Seriously? They've got to know they're a joke, right?

Big h/t to Rich Juzwiak at Gawker.

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