In accepting his Oscar for Best Actor last night, “Milk” star Sean Penn said, “For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, and, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildrenâ€™s eyes if they continue that way of support.”
The “signs of hatred” he referred to were held by protesters from a Kansas-based hate group that calls itself the Westboro Baptist Church, and that is infamous for its “God Hates Fags” signs and for staging ugly protests at the funerals of U.S. military servicemembers.
I found the photo over the protests above at LAist. It was taken on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue (that’s Hollywood High in the background), on the limo route about four blocks south of the Oscar venue. There are more photos of the protests in LAist’s Flickr account.
On a side note, on Feb. 19, the British government refused to allow Fred Phelps, the Westboro hate group’s leader, entry into the country on grounds he worked to incite hatred. Phelps had intended to lead a protest outside a production of “The Laramie Project,” a play about the murder of Matthew Shepard, who was killed because he was gay.