The Foo Fighters Rickroll is making rounds on the internet as the band retaliated after the Westboro Baptist Church, which is notorious for their anti-gay views, planned a protest against a Foo Fighters concert on August 21 at the Kansas City Sprint Center.
Westboro Baptist Church protesters weren’t aware that they were going to get a taste of their own medicine. When the band caught wind of the planned protest, they got together before their concert and planned their own protest, and the Foo Fighters’ weapon of choice was an epic Rickroll.
Rickroll, or rickrolling, is an internet meme that is presented as a “bait and switch” to get people to watch the video of Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
As the Sydney Morning Herald reports, Foo Fighters rickrolled their way in front of Westboro Baptist Church demonstrators at the back of a pickup truck while blasting “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The Foo Fighters held signs that read, “Keep It Clean” and “You got Rick Roll’d.”
The Westboro Baptist Church protesters have been attending different events across the country, including concerts, high-profile events, and even soldiers’ funerals, carrying signs that read, “Soldiers Die 4 F*G Marriage,” “Death Penalty 4 F**S,” “America is Doomed,” and “God Is Your Enemy.”
As Buzzfeed reports, the crowds of Foo Fighters fans joined the rickroll, cheering for Dave Grohl and company while singing with the music.
This isn’t the first time the Foo Fighters protested against Westboro Baptist Church. Back in 2011, the band also protested in Kansas City, donning the same outfits they wore for their “Hot Buns” video. At that time, Dave Grohl gave a speech, according to a previous report by Spin.
“God bless America! It takes all kinds. I don’t care if you’re black or white or purple or green, whether you’re Pennsylvanian or Transylvanian, Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum, men loving women and women loving men and men loving men and women loving women — you all know we like to watch that. But what I’d like to say is, God bless America, y’all!”
From an internet meme, the Rickroll became a huge sensation, as it has been used in different situations, including Church of Scientology protests in 2008 and the Rickrolling of the Oregon House of Representatives.
The Rickroll was so popular in the imageboard website 4chan and even outside the world wide web that it helped revive Rick Astley’s career for a while. He even thanked 4chan founder moot for the success of the Rickroll.
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