Now that the infamous Phelps family of Topeka is starring in a movie, can a reality TV show be far behind?
According to a story in the Topeka Capital-Journal, members of the Westboro Baptist Church had a festive time screening the documentary “Fall From Grace,” which examines the church’s virulent crusade against all things gay. It was made by KU film student Ryan Jones.
About 30 church members, arrayed in their trademark GodHatesFags.com T-shirts, alternately cheered, sang and hurled invective at the screen — not unlike a “Rocky Horror” audience, except for the costumes.
Church spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper later gave the film what amounted to two thumbs-up: “Anytime we get the word out there that we are a doomed country, it’s a good thing.”
(UPDATE: KU filmmaker Ryan Jones called to make the point that his film is an unbiased look at the controversy engendered by the Phelps family, and is in no way intended as a sympathetic portrayal of their actions.)
Posted by Dave Knadler
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