Westboro Baptist Church Ironically Protests Fashion Week

westboro baptist churchMercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off today in New York City, and buyers, stylists, and fashion fans will crowd Lincoln Center to see the Spring 2012 collections from their favorite designers. But there's one group out there that would like to put a stop to it all. A stop to fashion, that is. It's an industry full of whores and gays and teaches our daughters to be vain sluts and our sons to be effeminate pansies. That's what the fanatical Westboro Baptist Church thinks, anyway. Ready with their hateful signs and big mouths, protesters from the WBC are taking to the tents. And what they have to say for themselves is predictably despicable. But also entirely ironic.


Steve Drain, a spokesman for the WBC protest of Fashion Week, says:

The whole thing is vanity! You’re going to teach the women, especially the young women of this country, to doll themselves up ... All you are doing is teaching girls to be proud whores! ... the whole idea [of the] fashion industry is to make women look as whorish as possible and men look as effeminate at possible. Put some jeans on and fear God. Forget about all this fashion nonsense.

Jeans, good sir? Did he just recommend we put on jeans? I wonder where he thinks said jeans come from. If not the fashion industry, then maybe God drops jeans from the sky during Kansas rainstorms? Or maybe some WBC members were born wearing jeans ... because if jeans didn't originate in the clothing business, then they must have been divinely bestowed on each God-fearing member of the WBC. Yes, that make sense. God loves Him some denim -- he must hand it out to his bestest followers.

I worked in the fashion industry for five years, and while it has its flaws, there's one thing that's undeniable: The fashion industry has depth, reach, and touches almost every American. Why? Because we all need clothes. We all don't need Marc Jacob's latest Spring 2012 floral romper with cork wedges, but we do need cloth to cover our bodies. And so does Steve Drain. If he's not wearing an ivy leaf over his privates, then he's just as much a part of the fashion industry as the rest of us.

If Drain doesn't want to support "whores" and "gays," I suggest he grow some hemp and weave himself a nice suit. Because as Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in The Devil Wears Prada points out, and I paraphrase:

"Those jeans represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how Steve thinks that he's made a choice that exempts him from the fashion industry when, in fact, he's wearing the jeans that were selected for him by the people at the very event he's protesting."

What do you think?

WATCH the "Cerulean Sweater" scene from The Devil Wears Prada:

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