If you thought Russell Brand couldn't get any more controversial than when he paired up with Jonathan Ross, think again.

The Comedian created a storm when he brought together two members of the Westboro Baptist Church - famous for picketing funerals for American soldiers with signs that say 'God hates fags' and 'thank god for dead soldiers' - and three of his gay friends.

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Don't touch me: Brand places himself between the men

The anti-gay group, who brought on a sign reading 'pimp fag Brand' appeared on the British comedian's new talk show in the US, Brand X.

After Timothy Phelps and Steve Drain described Brand was as an "advocate for Satan" he brought on his "mates", Cher, Carlos and Cici.


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The Westboro Baptist Church has been described as homophobic and sexist by America's Anti-Defamation League

Holding his 'fag pimp sign' Brand said: "Before we start the interview, if anyone's attracted to these three men, give me a call. Russell Brand, fag pimp. I can give you a very, very, good price on Cici."

Cici then told the Church he was an "openly gay man and a Christian because God is love and love is for everybody."

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Meet my mates: Brand introduced the men to his gay friends


But he was told he was a "filthy pervert" by the Westboro Baptist Church.

"What worries me, Steve, is that to follow the 'must not lay with men' bit [of the bible] you've got to give up the 'tolerance and love bit'," Brand interjected.

Brand then placed himself between the two Westboro Baptist Church members, who shied from his touch.

"I really like your passion," he said. "But I really feel that our first duty as human beings should be loving and tolerant of each other," he said.

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  • Matthew Shepard

    The Westboro Baptist Church first gained national notice at the <a href="http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/article_fa10936e-cb5b-5170-afd8-e7eaa0a43aa8.html" target="_hplink">funeral of Matthew Shepard</a> who had been robbed, brutally beaten and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming.

  • Steve Jobs

    The Westboro Baptist Church threatened to picket <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/06/westboro-baptist-church-steve-jobs-funeral_n_998032.html" target="_hplink">Steve Jobs' funeral</a> but called it off when the memorial service was held privately.

  • Elizabeth Edwards

    The Westboro Baptist Church picketed Elizabeth Edwards' funeral after she <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/09/elizabeth-edwards-funeral-westboro-baptist-church_n_794333.html" target="_hplink">died of cancer</a>.

  • Matthew Snyder

    The Westboro Baptist Church protested Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder after he had died serving his country in Iraq. The protest of the hate group went all the way to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/29/father-of-dead-marine-ord_n_517614.html" target="_hplink">the Supreme Court</a>.

  • Norway Shootings

    While it is not clear that the hate group ever got there they declared their intent in this charming YouTube Video staring the head hater himself who tells the people of Norway -- <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC3K9ZoU7So" target="_hplink">God Sent the Shooter</a>. Read more about it <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/04/westboro-baptists-church-norway_n_917388.html" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • Illinois Holocaust Museum

    The Westboro Baptist Church protested the Illinois Holocaust Museum <a href="http://skokie.patch.com/articles/update-westboro-baptist-church-protest-at-holocaust-museum" target="_hplink">on the eve of Rosh Hashanah</a>

  • Tucson Shootings

    The Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funerals of victims of Tucson shootings. They agreed not to picket the 9 year old Christina Taylor Green i<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/12/westboro-baptist-church-arizona-funerals_n_808088.html" target="_hplink">n exchange for air time</a> on a local radio show.

  • Michael Jackson

    Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral of recording artist Michael Jackson. Members of Westboro have also recorded a song titled "<a href="http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2422138213120376038" target="_hplink">God Hates the World</a>," an adaptation of Jackson's charity single, "We Are the World."

  • President Obama Joplin, Missouri after the Tornado

    The Westboro Baptist Church protested in tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/29/nation/la-na-obama-joplin-missouri-20110530" target="_hplink">when President Obama visited</a>.

  • Foo Fighters Fight Back

    Read more about it <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/18/foo-fighters-westboro-baptist-church_n_968395.html" target="_hplink">The Foo Fighters vs. Westboro</a>.