It's not every day that you can hear a story including "Westboro Baptist Church" and feel good about it. This is one of those stories. Lisa Lampanelli, the Queen of Mean, the ruler of Comedy Central Roasts and an outspoken supporter of gay rights, performed in Topeka, Kansas last weekend. For those who do not know, Topeka is the home of the hate-spewing loudmouths that call themselves a church.
WBC members had decided to protest Lisa's show in their city because of her support for equality. Somehow, Lisa got wind of this and made a decision to either end the protest or turn it into a positive - she announced that, for every protester who showed up, she would donate $1000 to the Gay Men's Health Crisis, the oldest AIDS prevention, treatment and care provider in the US.
She told TMZ,
It's gonna be hilarious to write out the checks to the GMHC and have them send thank you notes to the WBC for their 'generous contributions.' I'd love to see their inbred faces when they open those thank you notes! Hopefully their jaws will drop so fast that their three remaining teeth and cro-magnon foreheads will plummet to the floor.
Despite the counter-attack from Lampanelli, there were still 44 protesters who showed up to her show. That means $44k donated to a gay charity in honor of WBC. That just made my day.