Watercooler: Gay Zombies

6:03 pm in Watercooler by Kit OConnell

Hi, y’all.

Most of us are aware that some protests by Westboro Baptist Church, the charmers behind Godhatesfags.com, have been met by human walls to prevent their interference. But have you heard about the zombies? The latest from Huffington Post on how to make light of bigotry:

After members of the controversial Kansas-based church announced plans to picket Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a military base south of Seattle, 27-year-old Melissa Neace decided to organize a counter-protest, launching a Facebook group titled “Zombie’ing Westboro Baptist Church AWAY from Fort Lewis!”

“We wanted to turn something negative around, into something people could laugh at and poke fun at,” Neace told the News Tribune. “It was the easiest way to divert attention from something so hateful.”

About 300 counter-protesters showed up in varying degrees of zombie garb, far outnumbering the picketers from Westboro. According to KIRO in Seattle, just eight protesters from the controversial group showed up.

I’m a prankster at heart, and this is the kind of protest I love — humor is an incredibly disarming, yet underutilized tool in the arsenal of the activist.

This is the latest myFDL open thread. What’s on your mind?