Human lightning rod Lady Gaga
and her handlers aren't letting many press photographers into her show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on January 7
, but there could be more news cameras outside the venue when her tour hits St. Louis.
Pastor Fred Phelps, best known for his rallying cry (and Web site URL) "God Hates Fags,"
has been drumming up support for a protest outside the Fab Fox.
Now other groups are lining up to counter Phelps' protest and show their support for Lady Gaga.
On December 22 Phelps' and his media-savvy Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka issued a press release announcing its intention to counter Lady Gaga because the singer "teaches rebellion against God." (Click to read coverage in Daily RFT
Phelps' church rails against Lady Gaga's sexually suggestive lyrics -- e.g., "bluffin' with my muffin"
-- provocative attire and stage shows, which her fans say are liberating and promotes sexual equality. Even celebrity gossip blogger and same-sex marriage activist Perez Hilton named her Celebrity of the Year
St. Louis resident Amy Jo Crocker, 28, is planning a rally for Gaga in hopes of overshadowing Phelps' zealots.
"That hatemonger is holding some big anti-Lady Gaga rally, so I just kind of thought it
would be a good idea to hold a pro-Lady Gaga rally and party," Crocker
says by phone. Ed Reggi
a St. Louis-based artist and activist who's involved with the
Show Me No H8
movement, will also be in attendance at the Fox.
Reggi says he's quite
familiar with Phelps' church and the protests his followers have held
around St. Louis. But Reggi's group is taking a quieter approach than
Crocker: They display eight-foot angel wings and remain mostly silent during their rallies.
don't bring signage, we don't encourage people to come out to bring
megaphones or anything like that," Reggi says -- though he's quick to note that he doesn't
mind if others get loud.
Reggi says there's a gamut of
protests and rallies being planned to support Lady Gaga, including a flash
mob and a kissing booth.
Crocker encourages interested Lady Gaga fans to get in touch with her via email
And when the pre-show protest is done?
Reggi has tickets. But Crocker says the sold-out show exceeds her price range.
"It was a bit out of our Christmas budget," she concedes.