The raucous Westboro Baptist Church is planning to protest the funeral of legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams over of his tolerance for homosexuals.
The anti-gay extremist group is targeting Williams because he played a gay man in “The Birdcage” and dressed like a woman in “Mrs. Doubtfire.” The actor committed suicide in his California home last week.
Westboro took to Twitter to slam Williams for his movie roles and to make the announcement about picketing, tweeting:
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSays) August 13, 2014
Williams’ family is planning a small funeral in the San Francisco area, but the time and location has not been announced, according to the Telegraph.
Westboro Baptist members have already been waving anti-Williams signs at other protests, seen in this tweet:
At least one group has stepped in to challenge Westboro Baptist, tweeting this:
Remembering Robin: A Benefit for St. Jude | Planting Peace’s Fundraiser on CrowdRise http://t.co/pcYpPKsVTJ
— PlantingPeace (@Planting_Peace) August 15, 2014
The nonprofit organization Planting Peace explained the fundraiser on the CrowdRise website, saying:
Our neighbors at the Westboro Baptist Church have announced their intention to protest the funeral of Robin Williams. In keeping with our philosophy of addressing acts of hate and intolerance with compassion and love, we are inviting the public to show their respect and support of a man who spent his life making others smile, who was always there for others in their time of need, and who supported the greater good through works of service and charity.
“Robin Williams played many different roles in so many people’s lives, and giving back to others was at the top of that list,” Aaron Jackson, co-founder of Planting Peace told The Huffington Post. “His appeal crossed generational boundaries. I was personally impacted when I heard of his passing. This is a small gesture to honor his legacy and the difference he made to so many.”
The organization will donate proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which they say Williams “passionately and publicly” supported. While its goal was to raise $30,000, it has already exceeded $40,000.
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