The Bobby D Show Interview of Westboro Baptist Church

February 13th, 2012 Posted in Interviews

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Today’s program featured a very controversial interview featuring Fred Phelps Jr. of the Westboro Baptist Church.  Fred’s not usually a guest that we would have on our show, considering we don’t really dive into topics that don’t involve celebrities or goofy stories.  Fred and his church were threatening to  show up to the funeral of two boys who were slain in Washington State.  I researched the group and found out they did interviews instead of coming to picket.  While not everyone will agree with our decision, we think it was the best thing to do.  Our thinking was this, we would rather take the hit and have you be mad and frustrated with us then having this group show up and ruin a day that was meant for mourning two kids that were taken far too early. Here is an audio explanation of why we did what we did with a phone call from a caller that really makes us think we did the right thing;

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I know people will be upset that I didn’t come unglued and just press my own views on THEM.  That was not the point of the interview.  I felt like we would’ve run the risk of making them mad and having them show up anyway.  More than anything else, ANYTHING, it was about them not showing up to this funeral.  It wasn’t about me grandstanding or making myself look like a hero. It was about letting them talk their talk so they would leave the funeral alone and they did.  I’ve heard people say, ‘We won!’  Sadly, we didn’t win. No one wins in situations like this.

I know many stood behind us in our decision and I know many think we are in the wrong.  I stand by my decision. If presented with the same set of circumstances again, I would by all means do the same thing.  I can’t apologize for that. Below is the interview.  Please be advised that their message IS going to be offensive to some.  If that’s going to be a problem for you I suggest not listening.

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Lastly, thanks to everyone who called, sent us text messages and commented on this website backing our decision.  Believe me, it was NOT an easy decision and came with much thought and deliberation.  Thanks and have a great day!

Bobby D
The Bobby D Show





9 Comments

  1. shaely32 says:

    Well Done….I greatly admire your composure in the interview and still stand behind your decision!

  2. Edwin P says:

    Bobby D,

    I’m from Los Angeles so unfortunately I’ve never listened to your program, but I wanted to say that I support the decision you made. I wish health and success.

  3. Scott M says:

    I was not able to listen to the interview. Is there anywhere I can listen to it? Podcast, YouTube, ect…
    Thanks

  4. ScottM says:

    Ok so it just didn’t want to work on my phone. Let me just I am impressed that you maintained composure. I’m not sure I would have. I completely agree with your decision and appreciate what you did. Thank you for keeping WBC out of Tacoma.

  5. Rob says:

    Bobby D,
    We appreciate what you did. It takes a lot of strength to make a move like that.

    Thank you.

    - Rob
    The Buck and Rob Show

  6. Mitch says:

    Wow.

    I’m a gay man who has protested performances of “murder music” — reggae songs calling for the death of gays — in Humboldt County, California, kind of ground zero of American reggae. (If you haven’t heard about this controversy, you could check out this excellent web site: http://www.soulrebels.org/dancehall.htm )

    I really don’t know if your decision to air Phelps was correct. But I admire you enormously for your willingness to take action and for the clear seriousness and intelligence with which you approached the situation you encountered. The contrast with our local promoters and glib music reviewers couldn’t be more complete.

    You demonstrated that it’s possible to give the hateful a fair platform without selling your soul. Excellent work. Thank you.

  7. JIm says:

    I am from Washington State and this is such a sad time for our state. We have watched these boys grow over the last to years following them on TV through this horrible time of losing their mom. Even tho I did not know them I am heart broken that they were taking like this. I have a 5 year old with the same name as one of these boys and I could not imagine what the father was thinking. I want to thank you for the work you have done. You gave this family a special gift. A gift that showed love for these to boys. You are a hero. I know you don’t want to be, but you are a hero to a lot of us out here. Thank you so much.

  8. Rhane Makr says:

    I support your decision. Thank you for keeping them away. It is completely evil for them to disrupt the final goodbyes to these two boys.

  9. AnonLULZ says:

    Getting him to speak does show just how off base he is. For every convert he gets he loses more and more. Westboro Baptist hasnt gone under the radar