To say that the last 24 hours have been crazy would be an understatement. We set out to help a family the we believe deserves to grieve in peace. As I was doing research on Westboro Baptist Church I was made aware of the fact that they have called off pickets in favor of radio interviews. I offered up The Bobby D Show as a venue to talk their talk if they agreed NOT to come to the funeral of the Powell boys. Everything worked out but then, I had a change of heart. What if they showed up anyway? Well, after getting a call from someone we believe to be close to the family, we called off the interview unless we could air it on Monday as to keep the focus on the family. They said ‘no way’ to a Monday interview and we moved on.
This morning though, Fred Phelps Jr. from Westboro Baptist Church did call in. He seemed fine to chat with us and let the interview air on Monday. Having said that, if they choose to show up to the event anyway, the interview will be destroyed and will never see the light of day.
Many emails and calls have some in, (even a death threat) asking us why in the world we would ever give this guy a venue to spew their hate. That answer is simple; it’s about the family. It’s not about you, it’s not about WBC, it’s not about this show and it sure isn’t about me. You think I WANT to have these people on a show that I have worked so hard at perfecting to my liking? NO way. Having said that, I care about people and I DO NOT want them at a place that needs to be peaceful and a time ONLY for grieving and remembering.
In closing, you can hate me, you can hate the show and you can hate what we did. I stand for what I believe in and I believe those kids deserve to rest in peace. I stand firm in that this interview will NEVER be heard by another living soul if they are at that funeral, this I promise you. So if they don’t come, take the day to remember what this is really all about, 2 kids that were taken far too early and a woman that is STILL missing. Please be respectful of that.
UPDATE 2: Many people have asked; ‘How do you know for sure that they won’t show up to the funeral?’ We don’t. I don’t know that they were ever going to show up for sure. But we played the ‘better safe than sorry card.’ If they do, the interview is destroyed. They have yet to go back on anything like this yet. Let’s hope that it stands!
UPDATE: Fred Phelps Jr. from Westboro Baptist Church on Twitter said this; “Just finished interview with
@thebobbydshow. Bobby D. Was a real gentleman. Washington trip now cancelled.”