ClassicRadar: GamesRadar vs Shirley Phelps-Roper

This month marks the five-year anniversary of GamesRadar. To celebrate, we’re digging up our oldest, favorite-est features – most of which posted before the website even had comments – and giving them a second chance to shine. Enjoy this priceless piece of gamz jarnlism history, and expect a “new” classic every few days through March.

For those unfamiliar with the enchanting Shirley Phelps-Roper, she’s the most vocal member of the nationally reviled Westboro Baptist Church. Seen on numerous television programs and the subject of the BBC documentary The Most Hated Family in America, Shirley and the WBC have become notorious for obnoxiously disrupting the funerals of US soldiers with cartoonish homophobia and doomsday prophecies.

But we wanted to chat with her about games over a tall glass of Hatorade. She was nice enough to participate in an interview with the eternally doomed and that takes some character. And guess what? She has a Wii!

WARNING: If you have any affection for God, Country or the military you may want to steer clear of the following interview. She’s got some pretty nasty things to say, so we’ll go ahead and redirect the overly sensitive away from the mean lady. We at neither share, nor condone any of Mrs. Phelps-Roper’s opinions below and would like to sincerely apologize in advance.

GamesRadar: You’ve appeared on a lot of television shows and your group has become famous for protesting soldiers’ funerals. Why do you guys do that exactly?

Shirley Phelps-Roper: We do it because this nation is sprinting to her destruction. You’ve got the wrath of God abiding upon you. We went to these funerals first to help you connect the dots, from your rebellion against God, and your filthy manner of life to your dead soldiers. The promises of God are laid out plain and unambiguously in those scriptures. And that includes when you won’t obey his commandments, you won’t heed the warning, that he’ll put a hook in your jaw. The Jaw of the Nation. A collective hook and he’ll drag you into a war that you cannot win and dash your children to pieces before your eyes and… on like that.

GR: So you’re against the war or just the military in general?

SPR: The military is just made up of Americans. There’s only two kinds of people who inhabit this country.

GR: And who would that be?

SPR: That you’re either engaged in some kind of disobedience, practicing perversion - to the standards of God I’m talking about - or you’re an enabler to those people.

GR: An enabler?

SPR: [Sighs] Okay. There’s two classes. If you’re not in the first class, you’re probably in the second class. And you’re probably in both.

GR: Me?! Or GamesRadar?

SPR: Whoever. I’m talking to a nation.

GR: Do you play videogames at all?

SPR: [Laughs] Not today, I don’t.

GR: Well, in general. Does your family play games?

SPR: You mean my children?

GR: Yeah. Or the Westboro Baptist Church?

SPR: Well, the Westboro Baptist Church is not a single entity. And neither are we a single household. My household is who I can answer for. I don’t play videogames. But my children play videogames.

GR: What type of games do they play?

SPR: Well, they play some Mario Brothers… I don’t remember the names, but I’d recognize them.

GR: Cool. Have you played at all?

SPR: You mean ever?

GR: Yeah.

SPR: Well sure. I wasn’t always in these particular life circumstances.

GR: Have you played any of the big games right now, like Call of Duty 4?

SPR: No.

GR: Is that because you’re against it?

SPR: No. I don’t know the game so why would I be against it?

GR: Well since your protesting soldiers’ funerals would you be inherently against a military game?

SPR: Oh honey, that’s just such a clueless thing [to say].

GR: Well, we’re here to learn.

SPR: Well why don’t you ask questions and let’s not play games.

GR: But that’s what the questions are about… Okay well, what systems do you have in your household?

SPR: Hold on just a second. [Consults with a nearby child] I dunno, they got something called… it’s a handheld thing.

GR: With two screens? The DS?

SPR: Yeah. I think that’s right. I think some of the children have a DS. And some of the children have another kind that you hold in your hand. I don’t remember what these things are called. It’s something called a Wii?

GR: Oh, you have a Wii? Great. Do you have a PC?

SPR: A PC? You mean like a computer?

GR: Yeah. Do you play any games on that?

SPR: Hon, I don’t play any games.

GR: Why not?

SPR: I don’t have time to play games. You do know I have eleven children and run around this country like a chicken with my head cut off.

SPR: "God Hates the World." It’s awesome!

GR: Have you heard of Rock Band?

SPR: I do know that Rock Band. I know some of these kids play Rock Band. Whatever the mechanism is to get the words to the faith of a generation, that’s what we’re interested in doing.

GR: Do you think your songs would make a good transition to Rock Band as downloadable content.

SPR: Yeah, that’ll happen. The people that are running Rock Band will be interested in hearing “God Hates the World” or all those [anti-] military songs if you go to our site you can hear those.

GR: We’ll try and provide a link to those. [Ed. Note: We failed.] What are the choice cuts for Rock Band?

SPR: Of course “God Hates the World” is an excellent video. The there’s also “There Are No Heroes.” They’re parodies. “God Hates the World” is to “We Are the World.”

GR: Ah.

SPR: “There Are No Heroes” is a parody of the songs that are on the Shrek thing. Some are just the audio. They’re really cute little videos. Our latest sign movie that you will really, really love is “*** Soldier in Hell.”

GR: …

SPR: And the one that went up just before that one is “You Will Eat Your Children”.

GR: “You Will Eat Your Children”?

SPR: They’re good stuff! And the graphics, the guys [making them] are getting better all the time. There’s a bunch of little picket signs. With music and images and so forth. There’s some really powerful ones like “God Blew Up the Troops” that just explains what the picket signs are all about. Our signature sign was done by our pastor, the God Hates **** sign. It’s all good stuff.


  • Deathstalker83 - March 30, 2011 4:47 a.m.

    I got 2 Words for You !!! I'm sure you can guess what they are !!! God will deal with idoits like this in his own time.
  • HumanMeatPuppet - March 28, 2011 7 p.m.

    I may be afraid of gay people [that's just a social disorder] but, she is just an intolerant cuntmuffin. Someone take an umbrella and open it in her vagina. She is obviously asking for someone to give it to her, and it isn't going to be Jesus... Now on to my real question: Is it sad that I got to the point where I could only stand to read what GR had to say, so I just skipped her lines?
  • Hotdogkilledyou - March 28, 2011 6:49 p.m.

    I'm a christian, but this lady is crazy. It's people like this who give christians a bad rep, every normal one is not like this. God loves everyone, but he may make an exception for her.
  • KidKatana - March 28, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    SRP: The Lord is coming. GR: When’s He coming? SRP: Shortly. So what you’ve got- GR: Wait! Can you be more specific? This is GENIUS. This needs to become a feature - please go and interview more ignorant people about games! Jack Thompson or that 'expert' Fox News dredged up to talk about Mass Effect would be good starting points...
  • AlpineGuy - March 28, 2011 3:15 a.m.

    As someone who lives only an hour or so away from these people, I just want to say that they come up way too often in the news. That said, they rarely do anything in the way of direct interviews Chris, what you did is an actual feat. My father couldn't believe that GamesRadar of all sites has an interview with America's Most Hated Family. I think you should be proud of yourself for handling this so well. This interview sheds more light on these people than literally ANY other source I can think of. It also made for a hilarious episode of TalkRadar. That, too.
  • Assassino - March 28, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    She is my next target
  • chriszewski - March 27, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    Its scary that she is part of a group that shares the same beliefs. I'm all for believing what ever you want when it comes to religion (i happen to believe its all a joke) and i do admire her conviction, but such an extreme stance is a bit... unhealthy, for lack of a better word. Picketing funerals is a large leap past poor taste, and its only worse to veil what you are doing as picketing on public property. If you believe in something that much, don't shy away when it comes to take responsibility for your actions. Own it! She'll never become a martyr that way.
  • JollyCrisp - March 27, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    I agree with everything that she says. I see nothing wrong with her views, they are perfectly acceptable.
  • brandonbyerly - March 27, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    ..... my question is if there is no hope, then why are they putting forth such an effort protesting everyone and everything if its not going to change the outcome? Seems like a mute point doesn't it?
  • Crimmy - March 27, 2011 5:22 a.m.

    She's so stupid. She has no religious tolerance towards other religions. I personally don't believe in religion, but I do have an opinion, and that is she's a little bitch.
  • kingdom - March 27, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    Condone - To overlook, forgive, or disregard (an offense) without protest or censure. Had to but seriously, love the willingness to do goofy shit in the name of games here at GR. No matter what you believe we all know we only have a limited amount of time here so lets enjoy it.
  • soren7550 - March 27, 2011 3:39 a.m.

    This woman makes no sense. She condones sex but has eleven (11!) kids, hates game icons but her eleven (11!) kids play games and own a Wii & DS (you'd think she'd try to 'avert' them from that 'evil'), and so forth (too tired to reflect more. Also, this woman makes my brain hurt). GR's q/a's are great though.
  • SideOfBeef - March 27, 2011 1:29 a.m.

    Yo dawg, I heard you like arrogance.
  • CAPST3R - March 26, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Here's a few proverbs and quotes (and one of my own thrown in) to say 'you are stupid' in a more intelligent way: Two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe-Albert Einstein. Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts-Albert Einstein. Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause-Victor Hugo. Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom-Chinese Proverb. Human kind cannot bear very much reality-T. S. Eliot. Common sense is not so common-Voltaire. Arrogant of us, is it not, to think of ourselves as the pinnacle of all existence, rather than an abnormal fusing of matter-me. A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees-William Blake. If you believe everything you read, better not read-Japanese proverb. None but a fool worries about things he cannot influence-Samuel Johnson. So then, she is ridiculed, so in the words of Lord Byron; always laugh while you can. It is cheap medicine. That's sort of a British version of a massive killing spree.
  • mhendon - March 26, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    That lady used to offend she just makes me laugh. She is really ridiculous. However, if I ever got the chance I would totally punch her in the face. It would be the work of God. :P
  • waffman11 - March 26, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    The woman is batshit crazy. Mad. Demented. She talks in circles about how God hates America and passes off anything that you could to to recieve "His" forgiveness because God can't love since he has no emotions. Her protesting makes no sense because she literally comdemns it as a waste of time during the interview, saying that we can't earn God's forgiveness no matter what we do since we can't join the WBC and that that specific church is the only way to God's forgiveness of your sins. WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU ON YOU CRAZY BITCH!?
  • DonCheadleVStheworld - March 26, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Quick aside: this is why I love Gamesradar! You guys have a willingness to do some really crazy shit, that no sane gaming site would take on... and I mean that in the best way possible...
  • DonCheadleVStheworld - March 26, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    The main question I have for this lady is, if she thinks the world is doomed, how is she any different? These people are the biggest assholes on the planet, I don't see God really rewarding the heckling of a dead soldier's grieving parents...
  • Pwnisher - March 26, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    This is one of the greatest articles evar!
  • MikeT - March 26, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    Ok this women is clearly crazy but let's be honest the interviewer is pulling some petty sh!t and the questions are ludicrous, do you really have nothing better to do?

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