Gaga Concert Sparks Protest

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July 18, 2010 | 9:40pm EST

Lady Gaga’s concert in St. Louis, Missouri took an ugly turn when fans were bombarded by a group of angry protesters on Saturday night, who showed up to boycott the controversial pop star with violent messages.

Protesters from Westboro Baptist Church stood outside the Scottrade Center to protest the singer’s ongoing Monster Ball tour and her outspoken support of gay rights.

The Bad Romance hitmaker took to her blog on social networking website Twitter.com to warn fans before the show, and in a series of posts pleaded with her followers to ignore the protesters’ homophobic slurs.

She wrote: “At the risk of drawing attention to a hateful organization, I would like to make my… fans aware of a protest being held outside the (concert) in St. Louis tonight. . . My request to (fans) and public authorites (sic) is to pay these hate criminals no mind. Do not interact with them, or try to fight… Do not respond to any of their provocation. Don’t waste your words, or feelings, no matter what you hear or see you are more fortunate and blessed than they are, and in your heart just pray for them.”

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