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When Westboro Baptist Church showed up to protest the Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City, Dave Grohl and his band jumped at the chance to address them.

On the night of August 21, Foo Fighters a famous American rock band turned the tables on Westboro Baptist Church members, who were protesting outside the band’s concert. The band members, under the leadership of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Dave Grohl, showed up in a pickup truck, blasting Rick Astley‘s ’80s hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” They were holding signs with phrases like “You got Rick roll’d (again)” and “Keep it clean,” a nod to another time WBC protested their concert.

The Westboro Baptist Church is an extreme Christian organization that is known for its hate speech. In the past, they have made headlines by protesting against military service men, Jews and the LGBT community. Their members are frequently found in small groups protesting at soldier’s funerals and other notable events. On Friday they organized a protest by gathering in small numbers outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Protestors had signs with phrases such as ‘God hates proud sinners,’ ‘No special laws 4 fags,’ and ‘God hates dead soldiers.’ The Westboro Baptist church responded to the band’s prank with a tweet: “Did @FooFighters just #rickroll us? Oh well! Guess we'll just hafta parody THAT video, too (like last time)” on their official Twitter.

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On other side Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl explained to the fans the reason of their action. While commenting he said "You can't just sit there and do nothing; you got to go out and say what you want to say. So we did," he further added "Tonight, we were sitting backstage, and someone said: 'Guess who is coming tonight?' And I said, 'Who?' They said, 'Them.' I said, 'Why?' They said, 'Cause.' And I said, 'Cool, let's go out and ' hang out with them…”

Since then the event has gone viral. Social media wars between supporters of both sides is in full swing. The majority of people around the world are supporting the band for their bold and versatile action while very little support has been seen for the Westboro Baptist Church protestors.

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