Westboro Baptist Church: David Bowie Funeral Protest Planned -- WBC Attacks 'Problematic' Child Rape Allegations

Patrick Frye

David Bowie's funeral date and location are not even known yet, and the Westboro Baptist Church is already attacking the death of the iconic musician. While their comments are fairly nasty as might be expected, they are actually feeding into a new popular trend on Twitter, which has some searching for the phrase "David Bowie problematic." Although many celebrities have begun written touching tributes to the life of the musician, some on social media are claiming his life should not be celebrated because he was allegedly a child rapist and a pedophile based upon Lori Mattix's story of underage sex with the rocker.

[UPDATE] Reports are indicating that David Bowie's funeral may be held in NYC, which has the Westboro Baptist Church practicing their parody lyrics for the planned protest.

[UPDATE 2] The latest news suggests that Bowie's family secretly buried him quickly upon his death.

In a related report by the Inquisitr, David Bowie's wife, Iman Abdulmajid, has been posting tributes to her husband on Twitter and Instagram. His death took the world by surprise, since not many knew he was secretly fighting a cancer battle.

Earlier this morning, the Westboro Baptist Church's Twitter account began their first attack on the dead celebrity.

— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) January 11, 2016

— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) January 11, 2016

Back in 2009, the Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to picket in the United Kingdom. This would have been their first protest in the U.K., but according to the Guardian, the British Home Office responded by officially excluding Fred Phelps and Shirley Phelps-Roper from entering the country since they had "engaged in unacceptable behavior by inciting hatred against a number of communities." Although Fred Phelps died in 2014, the British also threatened to ban other Westboro Baptist Church members, noting how "other church members could also be flagged and stopped if they tried to enter Britain." Presumably, this may happen again if the Bowie funeral is held in England.

— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) January 11, 2016

— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) January 11, 2016

— iliana banana (@dumbteenager) January 11, 2016

— PADMÉ (@MsMDNACiccone) January 11, 2016

— artemis (@smalltownmoon) January 11, 2016

Still, that is not the main reason many are now calling David Bowie problematic. During the 1980's, a 30-year-old woman claimed Bowie sexually assaulted her after a concert. A grand jury in Texas cleared Bowie of those charges, but then two women named Lori Mattixx (also known as Lori Maddox) and Sable Starr told their story about how underage groupies had sex with the rocker.

Lori Maddox was a young teen at the time, and she recalls how she had "probably kissed boys by that point, but I wasn't ready for David Bowie." She changed her tune after she met John Lennon and Yoko Ono while with Bowie in a private room. Five months later, she recalled how her friend Starr was upset when she was the first to be called into Bowie's bedroom.

"Sable looked like she wanted to murder me. He walked me through his bedroom and into the bathroom, where he dropped his kimono. He got into the tub, already filled with water, and asked me to wash him. Of course I did," she told Thrillist. "Then he escorted me into the bedroom, gently took off my clothes, and de-virginized me."

Lori was 14 at the time. The sexual relationships with rock stars continued for years, so Thrillist asked how a "15-year-old kid" could have been with an "adult man with a lot experience, and power, and drugs."

"I was an innocent girl, but the way it happened was so beautiful. I remember him looking like God and having me over a table. Who wouldn't want to lose their virginity to David Bowie?" she responded. "In some ways, I was not different than one of the Kardashians. At that point, you could say, I was viewed as a groupie. People on the scene knew that I had been with Bowie."

[Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images]