Country singer Vince Gill slams Westboro Baptist protesters

"Are any of you guys Phelpses? Or are you guys like the C team?" Gill asks the group

By Katie McDonough
September 11, 2013 4:03PM (UTC)
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Because they will picket almost anything, members of the Westboro Baptist Church came out this weekend to protest country singer Vince Gill at a concert in Kansas City, Mo.

After learning of their presence, Gill came out to confront them. And call them "big dipshits."


An excerpt of their exchange (which is actually quite amazing):

WBC member: "Vince Gill, what in the world are you doing out here?"

Gill: "I just came to see what hate looked like. I came out to see what hatred really looked like in the face."

WBC member: "Well, more importantly, what are you doing with another man's wife? Don't you know that divorce plus remarriage equals adultery?" [Gill divorced in 1998, and married his second wife, singer Amy Grant, in 2000.]

Gill: "Don't you know that you fuckers are lucky that you don't have a sign that says something about my wife?"

WBC member: "Jesus Christ said that."

Gill: "You know what else he said? He said a lot of stuff about forgiveness, about grace. And you guys don't have any of it. I’ve seen you on TV, man. You’re a big dipshit. You know that don't you?”


Gill: "Are any of you guys Phelpses? Or are you guys like the C team?"

Watch the whole thing here:

h/t Towleroad

Katie McDonough

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