Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Picket Roger Ebert’s Funeral


If life is a movie, then the members of the hate-fueled Westboro Baptist Church are the ones in the theater who annoyingly shout their opinion throughout — even though no one asked for it — and miss the point entirely. Case in point: according to The Hollywood Reporter, leaders of the Kansas-based waking nightmare for the rest of humanity said they’ll be picketing the funeral of late, great film critic Roger Ebert. Ebert passed away on April 4 at the age of 70 after bravely battling cancer for years. 

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The WBC, who called Ebert a “f-g enabler” and an “entertainment industry publicity leech” in their press release, said they’d picket in “lawful proximity” to his funeral service. They also called him a “fool sold his soul for some fame & fortune, forgetting that God has made a simple declaration regarding His people” and that “It’s too late for the fool Roger Ebert!” Ebert’s funeral is scheduled to take place at 10 AM on Monday, April 8, at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. 

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While Ebert would have found just the right words in response to this news (he was good at that sort of thing) he did, however, tweet an article last month about the group — which has protested the funerals of other celebrities (including Steve Jobs), soldiers, and homosexuals in the past — to his followers, with a comment that read, “Just another day at Westboro Baptist.”

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So, on behalf of Ebert, this unfortunate but in no way surprising decision by WBC to picket the funeral of the famed, beloved critic, this news gets two big thumbs down.

[Photo credit: Michel Euler/AP Photo]

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Staff editor Aly Semigran is a New York City native who grew up in Philadelphia and spent the better part of her youth trying to figure out what the Philly Phanatic was (an anteater?), quoting 'The Simpsons,' and learning all about movies from her dad. After graduating from Temple University, where she studied journalism, she moved back to NYC and began her career as a freelance entertainment journalist. Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper, MTV.com, and iVillage.com. She is thrilled to be a part of the Hollywood.com team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')