Panic! at the Disco Counters Westboro Baptist Church Picket With Donation

When members of the Westboro Baptist Church showed up to picket a recent Panic! at the Disco concert, the rock band countered the protesters' hatred by pledging to donate $1,000 to the Human Rights Campaign.

BY Jase Peeples

July 22 2014 1:20 PM ET

Panic! at the Disco fought hate with their hearts — and wallets — after members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketed the rock band’s Sunday concert in Kansas City, Mo., wielding signs with homophobic messages, Rolling Stone reports.

Panic! at the Disco became a target of the WBC after the band’s lead singer, Brendon Urie, revealed he viewed his sexuality as fluid and had “experimented” with “homosexuality and bisexuality.”

Anticipating the antigay church would picket the show, Panic! announced before the concert that the group would donate $20 to the HRC for every Westboro member who showed up to protest. But when only 13 protesters turned up, the band mocked the WBC on Twitter and pledged to up the donation amount to $1,000.

The band then followed up moments later by increasing the pledge, donating 5 percent of total merchandise sales from the show to the HRC as well.

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