When discussing the Westboro Baptist Church, the question used to be, “Is there anything these nutbars won’t protest?” Now that they’ve jumped the virulently homophobic shark, we have to ask: “Is there anything left for these plankton-brained mouth-breathers to protest?” Their latest effort — an anti-gay cover of Panic! at the Disco’s 2006 single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” — suggests that the WBC is pretty much running out of steam.
The “parody” version, not-so-cleverly dubbed “You Love Sin What A Tragedy,” was released, in their words, “just in time for WBC to picket [the band] at Crossroads in Kansas City on July 20, 2014.” Either the church is scouring the local concert listings for anything that might be related to homo-ness, or their members are hearing the music of 2006 for the first time. Either way, it’s grim for these goofs.
Anyway, here’s a sampling of the WBC’s lyrics: “Oh! You all say / It’s okay to be gay / The way to fag marriage has been paved / Well this calls for some truth, now / You’re all insane.” From a purely musical standpoint, it’s like a rip-off of a knock-off of a South Park parody, and forces us to believe that the Church’s membership is so devoid of fully functioning humans that they couldn’t find anyone who could sing.
We can only assume that one of the members read about Panic! frontman Brendan Urie’s candid discussion of his bisexuality, which he told the press about following his marriage to Sarah Orzechowski. That, or the WBC has been watching the band’s nudity-filled, D’Angelo-spoofing video for “Girls/Girls/Boys.” Panic! are currently touring in support of 2013’s Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! and have yet to respond to Westboro.
Oh yeah, and they’re on SoundCloud now. They should really leave the parody to “Weird Al,” who’s having a helluva a week by not being a hate-mongering idjit.