While we don’t love it when journalists give attention to hatemongers like the Phelps family, we think you should check out this face-off between Fox News Anchor Julie Banderas and one of the leaders of the Westboro Baptist Church, Shirley Phelps-Roper.
It’s well known that Fred Phelps and his Westboro parish intentionally try to raise the ire of opponents, hoping to incite violence or other efforts to suppress their free speech. Then, they are able to sue on First Amendment grounds and raise money for their some doubtlessly worthy cause, like a Women’s Circle, or Boy Scout Troop.
You can tell from the moment that she begins talking that Banderas is going to go bananas. She’s not the most eloquent defender of gays, but she is one of the more unlikely. Watching Anderson Cooper get riled up by idiot conservative guests is one thing, but to see it on Fox News is quite another.
It’s like when a trick offers you a warm, dampened towel to clean the lube off you, so you’re not slimy all night. Unexpected, and perhaps a little bold – but refreshing.
Thanks to Andy for finding the clip.