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

By Jase Peeples

Originally published on Advocate.com 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.

Thank you @WBCSays for the update on the total amount you donated to @HRC today. $20X13= weak. We're going to make it an even $1000.

— Panic! At The Disco (@PanicAtTheDisco) July 21, 2014

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.

We will also be donating 5% of our total merch sales from this show to @HRC

— Panic! At The Disco (@PanicAtTheDisco) July 21, 2014