The “Alejandro” singer and outspoken gay rights activist warned fans on Facebook and Twitter hours earlier that members of the Wesboro Baptist Church planned to picket her concert – and urged her “monsters” not to engage, MTV News reported.
"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 [could] protect you all from,” Gaga wrote. “Their message is of hatred and divisiveness, but inside at the Monsterball we preach love and unity.”
She added: “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.”
But instead of ignoring the half-dozen picketers from the Kansas-based group who showed up Saturday, Gaga faithful staged a counter-protest of their own, MTV reported.
One pro-Gaga sign that riffed on the group's "God Hates Lady Gaga” and anti-gay slogans reportedly read “God Hates Figs." It was interspersed with rainbow flags and humorous T-shirts among the crowd, according to MTV.
Following the show, Gaga applauded her fans’ efforts in responding to the group, which has also drawn controversy for picketing funerals of fallen American soldiers.
"Tonight love and hate met in St. Louis," the singer tweeted. "And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed. + Together, we sang."
Wesboro Baptist Church members plan to stage another protest Tuesday outside Gaga's Oklahama City concert, according to Politics Daily.