Whitney Houston Funeral Fake Protested by Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Posted Photoshopped Picture of Protest

Whitney Houston's funeral took place without interruption, but the Westboro Baptist Church released a allegedly photoshopped picture to make people think they protested the event.


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"Time for Westboro picket of Whitney Houston's funeral. So many piling up to blather about her today. Not ONE of them warned her of hell," tweeted a protester, Margie J. Phelps.

The infamous, radical group, led by Phelps' father, the pastor, protests various events promoting controversial messages. Most recently, they had planned to protest NCAA coach Joe Paterno's funeral, and superstar singer Whitney Houston's funeral. The latter took place Saturday, and many were in attendance.

Phelps, in an effort to publicize Westboro's protest, posted a picture on her Twitter account showing members holding up offensive signs, one of which read, "Whitney in Hell."

"Did my friends @BET see these lovelies? Such fun singing to @OccupyWallSt This picket is rocking the house! @NJ_News," she tweeted.

Westboro Whitney Houston Funeral Protest
Westboro Baptist Church's photo of them protesting Whitney Houston's funeral Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. |

After posting the picture, media sources like The Raw Story and The New Jersey Star-Ledger scrutinized the inflammatory photo. Soon after, they reported that it was a fake.

Apparently, running the picture through photo alteration programs like Photoshop revealed inconsistencies in pixilation, which means the protesters and signs were most like digitally added after the fact.

In addition, The Star-Ledger reported that the photo was artificially created, as the area in question was blocked off by police, unavailable to protesters and mourners alike.

Despite the debunking of the alleged protest and the accompanying photo, Phelps continues to tweet her outrage at celebrities like Whitney Houston, who she maintains is in hell.

"All NJ & all who came to lie about Whitney's Godless life saw these beauties!She's in hell! #NoWordsByCelebsChangeThat " tweeted the woman Saturday.

Recently, Westboro has failed to show up at other events as well. After promoting their protest, they failed to appear at the funeral of U.S. Army Spc. Jordan Christopher Schumann as they said. They also did not show up for a law enforcement officer's funeral in Ogden, Utah, but they failed.

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