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Comedian donates $50,000 to AIDS care in honor of anti-gay Westboro protestors

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli is donating $50,000 to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in the name of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church in response to the church’s protest of her show Friday night in Topeka, Kansas.

The Topeka-based church led by pastor Fred Phelps, is home to anti-gay extremists and is notorious for its angry, anti-gay protests, “God hates fags” signs, and picketing at funerals of deceased U.S. military personnel.

When the church announced plans to protest Lampanelli’s show due to her support of gay rights, Lampanelli said she would donate $1,000 per protester to GMHC, the nation’s oldest HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services provider.

Lisa Lampanelli

Speaking with TMZ, she said of her plans:

“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.”

While the original attendance reported was 48, she decided to round up.

“Ends up it’s $50,000,” said Lampanelli. “The inbreds said 48 showed up, so I made it an even 50.”

Before the start of her show, Lampanelli went outside to see how the protest was going. Watch:

The Westboro church is not affiliated with the Baptist denomination or any other Baptist church. According to news reports, almost all of its members — fewer than 100 — are related to founder Fred Phelps either by blood or marriage.

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32 more reader comments:

  1. I never really liked her comedy, but damn do I respect her for this.

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:42pm
  2. hah yea-yuh! that whoooooore. love her stuff.

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:42pm
  3. Thank you Lisa Lampanelli! Way to go! Two thumbs up!

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:43pm
  4. She’s got balls! Love this.

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:44pm
  5. she’s vulgar and she’s a bitch … but WOOOOO i love her lmao

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:45pm
  6. Here is one for the WBC, if god sends people to hell, then he must be a sadist, becuase he knew they would turn out evil (I DO NOT MEAN HOMOSEXUALITY) and did nothing about it, what a arsehole.

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:45pm
  7. Epic response! I love her!

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:45pm
  8. …F*A*B*U*L*O*U*S!!!…

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:48pm
  9. Makes up for all the f*ggot jokes?

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:49pm
  10. :’)

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:49pm
  11. once you go fag, your shoes match your bag! i love her and do even more so now. awesome retaliation!

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:50pm
  12. we went and saw her last week and I went to bed with my face hurting from so much laughter! This is tue perfect response to the WBC assholes! by protesting they actually helped the gay community!!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:51pm
  13. ExCeLeNT!!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:53pm
  14. Wow! She rocks!!! I LOVE to see and hear her appearances. Good for her….especially since she did it a certain way.:)

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:57pm
  15. didn’t realize she brought in more than $50k a year.

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 4:57pm
  16. Love her!

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 5:00pm
  17. I love it. Genuis on her part.

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 5:09pm
  18. LMAO!

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 5:22pm
  19. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 5:30pm
  20. This donation idea of hers would be a great way to stop protests, Hope it catches on :D

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 5:53pm
  21. Suck it Westboro!

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 7:18pm
  22. This is a great way to battle their protests! It really sucks that these people put their children through this stuff. Look at their faces. They don’t even know what their doing.

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 8:46pm
  23. Fred Phelps is a nut job and a half. And anyone that follows him is nutz as well.

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 9:54pm
  24. I adore her

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 9:55pm
  25. hahaha thats awesome i love Lisa!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 11:33pm
  26. Two words:Fucking Awesome.

    Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 12:42am
  27. I don’t know her but that was a genius idea. More people should do that and then that bunch of wackos would definitely get the message that for a while we were outraged, now we find them ridiculous, and use them to raise funds on their behalf.

    Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 3:42am
  28. Lisa is a member of my AIDS Walk team every year. Not only does she donate her considerable wealth to the cause, but she gives of her time, which speaks volumes about the kind of human being she is. (Incidentally, I would venture to say she rakes in a good deal more than $50K; one show — such as the one in Topeka — can bring in $75K or more.)

    Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 8:22am
  29. omg this is AWESOME :D

    Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 10:07am
  30. What’s really scary is that the ‘Protesters’ are all 13 years old or so…..
    Those are kids, they don’t even know why they are there, they are just taught to hate.
    Irresponsible wackos.

    Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:09am
  31. That is not at all right because some of us actually do take great offense to stuff like this

    Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 7:14am
  32. Oh?!? And just who is “some of us” Juno?!?

    Posted on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 6:04pm