After "seriously looking into" flying members of the Westboro Baptist Church to Iraq, and checking with both the U.S. and U.K. governments, Australian comedian Adam Hills discovered his plan wasn't going to be feasible.
The WBC claimed they "had their bags packed," but neither government was "too happy with the idea of sending professional shit-stirrers into a war zone," Hills said on his show The Last Leg Friday night.
In the week since his original offer, he learned what should have been obvious from the get-go: that all publicity is good publicity to the "God Hates Fag" people, and antagonizing them only makes them stronger.
So this battle, which started when Westboro Baptist threatened to picket the funeral of beloved comedian Robin Williams, will end the way it was destined to end all along—with Hills donating the cost of the flights to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Williams' name.
It may not provide that satisfying sense of schadenfreude, but it's a much more effective use of Hills' money.