The words “Westboro Baptist Church” typically call to mind a scene of “God Hates Fags” and “Jews Killed Jesus” signs, often carried by fresh-faced women and children, stationed the minimum legal distance from some otherwise somber or significant event. Considering their national reputation for offensive theatrics, membership in the WBC is surprisingly small – in 2011 they claimed just 40 members – consisting primarily of founder Fred Phelps’ family, with the notable exception of daughters Megan and Grace who, in 2013, left the group with the help of Jewlicious blogger David Abitbol.
But, for all their hate and vitriol, there’s one thing even casual observers have to admit: The Westboro Baptist Church has been nothing if not inventive in finding new ways to spew their vision of hellfire and damnation for unbelievers. Forget picketing funerals and concerts (Okay, I mean, don’t forget it, but…) and ask yourself how many other groups monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center have a vine account, or soundcloud page?
That brings me to this. The Westboro Baptist Church’s cover of the the Beatles’ classic “Hey Jude,” charmingly retitled “Hey Jews”.
Now guys, inflammatory lyrics aside, I appreciate the effort. You’re worried about our immortal semitic souls, and you’re trying to get our attention. But, really? “Hey Jews?” That’s the best you could come up with? Here’s a fun fact, even Paul McCartney falls asleep when he hears “Hey Jude.” Why not at least try for something a little less obvious. You’re on a Beatles kick? Fine, how about “Jew-cy In The Sky With Diamonds”? Or, if you feel like going with the Stones, why not “Jew Can’t Always Get What You Want”? You guys seem to like classic rock, so how about the Sonny and Cher classic “I Got Jew, Babe,” or even Aerosmith’s “Jew Looks Like A Lady”.
My point is this – If you wanna convert some souls, you’re gonna have to put some elbow grease into it. And in the meantime, don’t quit your day jobs.
Or better yet – do.
***** UPDATED 7.23.14 11:04PM *****
Evidently the folks at Westboro Baptist ascribe to the “everyone’s a critic” philosophy, and passed along this helpful update:
— WBC Video (@WBCVideo) July 24, 2014
Here’s the video. It’s…something.