Less than a week after Kevin Smith invited fundamentalist pastor Fred Phelps and his family/congregation to attend a screening of Red State — a horror film inspired in part by the Westboro Baptist Church’s antics — Phelps’ Twitter-savvy daughter Megan Phelps-Roper brought several members of the clan to the Kansas City, KS, screening.
In a blog post prior to the screening on March 12, Smith warned attendees of the Phelps’ intention to join in, comparing it to watching Star Wars with Darth Vader in the audience. He briefly turned serious and added, If they’re on my stage, that’s one less bereaved family they’re harassing for a few hours. Then it was back to snark, as he dutifully livetweeted the experience. (I’ve edited a bit for clarity, but the majority of it is here.)
Okay – I need the Phelps in every screening. AWESOME foils. Provided shit-tons of material for RedState #SMo intro!
Via @insomnibat “How many members of the Phelps family are in attendance” 10 to 15, including kids that look under age 11. When the “mature
audience tag was pointed out, it was suggested the flick’s not for kids, heard back they’d be the judge of what’s appropriate for their kids
I guess when you see hate-speech signs with butt-sex graphics in the backseat of Mom’s car, dopey-ass movie violence means is quaint. #SMo
HOLY SHIT! I was just given a parting gift from @MeganPhelps! SHE JUST LEFT WITH HER ENTIRE FAMILY! RED STATE DISGUSTS THE PHELPS!!! #SMo
Was asked by @JenSchwalbach “Who’s the chick in the push-up bra?” I said “Our potential boudoir guest star for tonight: @meganphelps.” #SMo
Via @ARMConcrete “Phelps walk out gonna insure Red does boat loads of BoxOffice” Phelps walk out insuring my entrance into REAL Heaven. #SMo
Via @WBCSteve “Filth is filth. You think God doesnt see?” God is the source of artistic inspiration, so God (and SMod) made RedState. YOU
guys just walked out on God’s movie. God hates hypocritical pussies who can dish it out but can’t take it way more’n anything else. #SMo
If you’ve just tuned-in, the Phelps family pussed-the-fuck-OUT of RedState before the 20 minute mark. Guess they have feelings, too… #SMo
HOLY FUCK, are they bloodthirsty here in Kansas City. With every villainous dispatch, the crowd goes ape-shit! RELIGIOUS screening in #SMO !
Kansas City is hell-bent for justice! I wish EVERY screening of this flick was right here. Topeka might have to be next!#ChasingMegan #SMo
During #SMo Q&A, we got an amazing surprise: LIBBY & JOSH, 2 Phelps kids who left the church, gave us the “straight” story of their family.
Via @suitedmonkee “can we get a commentary track with the disavowed Phelps? They’re portion of the Q&A was epic!” Done & done. And backstage
Via @nerdygirlpc “Josh was so grounded & Libby, as you pointed out, Sweetest Nazi ever. Loved her Giggle” Took guts to get up there, too.
Via @bdkreviews “what’d Megan say to you when she left?” Not telling – kinda like ScarJo whispering to Murray at end of LOST IN TRANSLATION.
Phelps-Roper didn’t have too substantial of an online response, aside from pushing the #ThankGodForTheRedStateWalkout hashtag, and these Twitpics:
The next Red State screening is today, March 14, in Springfield, OH; Smith’s tour ends on April 9 in Los Angeles.