Ahead of the hateful, homophobic Westboro Baptist Church protesting her St. Louis concert, Lady Gaga wrote a note on Facebook speaking out against the group and asking fans to avoid them. She wrote, “Be inspired to ignore their ignorant message,” and went on to decry the group as “hate activists.”

The note:

I would like to make my little monster fans aware of a protest being held outside the Monsterball in St.Louis tonight. Although we have had protesters before, as well as fundamentalists at the show, this group of protesters are hate criminals and preach using lewd and violent language and imagery that I wish I protect you all from. Their message is of hatred and divisiveness, but inside at the Monsterball we preach love and unity.

My request to all little monsters and public authorites 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. Although I respect and do not judge anyone for their personal views on any politics or religion, this group in particular to me, is violent and dangerous I wanted to make my fans aware of my views on how to approach, or rather not approach, these kinds of hate activists.

Be inspired to ignore their ignorant message, and feel gratitude in your heart that you are not burdened or addicted to hate, as they are. X

Some Gaga fans however did not ignore the preachers of hate. Instead the “little monsters,” as these fans are affectionately known, showed up with their own signs, outnumbering the small group of protesters as shown in this fan video.

Following the concert, Lady Gaga tweeted, “Tonight love and hate met in St. Louis,” Gaga wrote. “And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed. + Together, we sang.”

Tyler DeVere

Tyler DeVere is a former editorial intern for QNotes.