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WATCH: Russell Brand Eviscerates WBC Haters, Politely

WATCH: Russell Brand Eviscerates WBC Haters, Politely

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Russell Brand put two members of the notoriously antigay Westboro Baptist Church in the hot seat when he surprised the hatemongers with a visit from his gay friends on his FX talk show, Brand X With Russell Brand.

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Comedian Russell Brand hosted two members of the notoriously antigay Westboro Baptist Church on his late-night talk show, Brand X With Russell Brand, engaging in a surprisingly civil debate with the hatemongers, who brought him a souvenir sign in their signature style, reading "Fag Pimp Brand."

After commending Steve Drain and Timothy Phelps for their willingness to appear in hostile territory, Brand made an earnest effort to engage the wingnuts in a serious theological debate about the religious basis for WBC's unabashed hatred of LGBT people, Jewish people, and anyone who doesn't abide by the group's fire-and-brimstone dogma.

"Have you considered that the Bible, like all religious doctrine, may be allegorical and symbolic, to direct us toward one holy entity of love," Brand asked, "as opposed to a simplistic, litigious text to direct the behavior of human beings? The Bible wasn't written by a cosmic entity."

Drain and Phelps shot back with quotes from scripture which they say directs them to "love" those around them by warning them of their sin and their eternal damnation.

After a quick game of "Who's Going to Heaven" -- spoiler alert: Madonna and Gandhi are both doomed -- Brand brought on stage a trio of his friends who happen to be gay. You can almost see the repulsion boiling over on Drain's face and especially Phelps's when they're "ambushed" by these civil, well-dressed men.

Brand X With Russell Brand airs Thursdays at 11 p.m. on FX.

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Sunnivie Brydum

Sunnivie is the managing editor of The Advocate, and an award-winning journalist whose passion is covering the politics of equality and elevating the unheard stories of our community. Originally from Colorado, she and her spouse now live in Los Angeles, along with their three fur-children: dogs Luna and Cassie Doodle, and "Meow Button" Tilly.
Sunnivie is the managing editor of The Advocate, and an award-winning journalist whose passion is covering the politics of equality and elevating the unheard stories of our community. Originally from Colorado, she and her spouse now live in Los Angeles, along with their three fur-children: dogs Luna and Cassie Doodle, and "Meow Button" Tilly.