INTERVIEW: Get Shot! films porn at Westboro Baptist Church

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LOS ANGELES, January 25, 2014 — Back in September, a small punk band from Sacramento, called Get Shot!, found themselves in Kansas to play some punk shows. The band, which recently started a porn website called Get Shot Girls, was also in Kansas for another reason. In perhaps the greatest publicity stunt for an unknown punk band, Get Shot! filmed a porn movie on the front lawn of the notoriously hateful Westboro Baptist Church. Shortly after the film appeared on the website, Wells On Music did an interview with J.P. Hunter, the singer and brains behind the Get Shot Empire, and Laura Lush, Get Shot! bass player and star of the film.

Kevin Wells: What initially brought you out to Kansas?

J.P. Hunter: We went on tour a couple months ago and we ended up stopping in Topeka. We just wanted to play it to see how we would do out there and we played out in Kansas City and we did really well. We played in front of about three or four hundred people and packed the bar there. Then we decided to come on back and we wanted to get some attention and f**k with the Westboro guys because, you know, they’re always in the headlines and we might as well f**k with them. No one’s ever filmed a porn out there. I looked for it and it’s never been done, so I thought it’d be a fun thing to do to piss them off. So far Margie Phelps [the wife of Fred Phelps, the head of the Westboro Baptist Church] is going off on us on Twitter as we speak.

KW: What is the punk scene like out there?


JPH: Topeka is a small town. There’s not a lot to do. So, when an out of town band comes through, like us, all the kids and the whole town goes crazy. They absolutely love us out there. We do really well and it’s definitely a town we enjoy playing and we’ll definitely be back.

KW: How long has Get Shot! been playing together?

JPH: We’ve been around since 2007. We’ve been around a while. We’ve had a couple lineup changes. The current lineup has been around for about a year. Laura actually recently joined the band a couple months ago.

KW: What made you spin off a porn company from your band?

JPH: Actually, the three guys that started it with me, we all got out of long term relationships. We just started jamming in an attic and started singing obscure songs about sex and f**king chicks because we were all recently single. It kind of grew from there. Then a couple years ago, I started getting the idea, you know, I’d like to do a porn site and eventually I’ve been able to make that dream somewhat come through. We just launched the site this past July. We’ve just been trying to get as much publicity for it as possible. It’s taken off. It’s sky-rocketed. Our site’s crashed like ten times today do to traffic. We’re expecting over half a million hits by tonight.

KW: When you left for the tour, did you know that you were going to try to film a porn scene at the Westboro Baptist Church?

JPH: It was pre-planned. I had actually contacted a porn star, who I won’t name because she wasn’t actually able to do it. She was actually going to participate and get down with Laura and we had another girl in Kansas City that was supposed to be there as well, so we were going to have a lesbian orgy, but at the last minute the porn star’s agent called me up and said she couldn’t do it, and the other girl just flaked. We were not gonna leave Kansas empty handed. Laura wanted to do it after the other two girls sat out.

Laura Lush: Even though the other two girls bailed, I still wanted to do it. So, I made sure we didn’t go empty handed, but sticky fingered.

KW: Laura, had you ever done any sort of porn before?

LL: No, I have not, um, ever. That was my first instance doing that. I have done a little bit of modeling for painters. So I have been nude like that before. I’m also a ballerina, so I am used to being in a leotard and tights in front of a bunch of people. That’s no big deal, but the porn thing, you know, that’s a first. I really believe in gay rights and active equality. I am a proud bisexual woman. I’ve had a lot of fun with girls on this tour and I felt like I wanted to make a statement. Part of the appeal to join the band was that I knew that Get Shot! was going to do a Westboro porno. I actually contacted J.P. saying I was interested in being involved with that before I even knew that they needed a bass player.

JPH: I needed a bass player two days after she emailed me after we kicked the other guy out for different reasons.

KW: Do you, Laura, see yourself doing more porn scenes now in the future?

LL: Well, it is a porn, but it was also a political statement. I’m more in it for the political statement. Keep in mind, I’m not a professional porn star, I’m a professional musician. As much as I don’t mind doing porn I don’t really know if it would be appropriate for me to do both porn and music together like a regular thing, but if there is a Westboro sequel, which we are planning on…

JPH: There’s going to be a Westboro sequel and a Chick-Fil-A.

LL: I would like to be in the sequel for the Westboro porno. So, it might be a one or two or three time thing, but my priority is music.

KW: Have you heard from Fred Phelps himself since the filming?

JPH: You know, I’m not sure if it’s actually his account or a parody account, I really don’t know. Westboro Baptist Church is definitely aware and we have been communicating with someone who claims to be Fred Phelps. I don’t know if it is actually him or not, but I’ll let that play out.

KW: While filming, was there ever any interaction with anyone from the church or did anybody ever come out?

JPH: You know, it’s not really…it’s not a church. It’s not a welcoming place because churches don’t have eight-foot high, sharp rod iron fences and surveillance cameras saying no trespassing on them. When we were there a few months ago we drove by and there was absolutely no one out there and the Rainbow Equality house is right across the street. We did it at twelve o’clock noon and it’s a relatively busy street in Topeka. There is not five seconds without a car driving down. When we were cruising up, there were four Topeka police officers over at a Starbucks just around the corner from the place. We didn’t want to get arrested because then that means we’re out gas money and we’re stranded in Kansas. We wanted to be a little savvy and sweet about it, but I think with all the publicity we’re getting off of this, there is definitely going to be a sequel. It’s gonna be a lot more well done. We’re going to make sure we have someone there with a credit card to bail us out. [laughs]

KW: When people go to see a Get Shot! show, what can they expect?

JHP: They can expect chaos and debauchery, something you might see in a movie about punk rock in the 70s. Music has gone really stagnant and boring and it’s lost its party and fun aspect. It’s been a bunch of musicians that have no entertainment value and that doesn’t make well if you’re trying to sell yourself. You can be the best musician in the world, but if you’re boring as hell, no one’s gonna give a s**t. We’re all talented musicians; we’ve all been playing for a very long time. We know our s**t, so we’re a lot more than three chords. We’re a lot more musically intricate than that.

As far as our show goes, I’m normally all over the place. I rip my shirt off. We played in Denver to a packed crowd at a burlesque show Monday night and I ran out in a diaper. I have a five foot prosthetic [penis] that I wear that [shoots] out whipped cream. I normally [get it] on everyone in the crowd, especially couples, and they start licking it off each other and people start making out. We get lots of [breasts] at our show. I don’t know how many underground or local rock shows you just have chicks showing their [breasts], but it definitely happens at a Get Shot! show. We keep it fun. We are not a boring band to see. Even if you could give a s**t less about our music, if you like sex, drugs and rock n roll, you’re gonna like Get Shot!, guaranteed. It doesn’t matter if it’s like punk, metal, classic rock or whatever. Sex, drugs and rock n roll, you will more than likely like Get Shot!

KW: How has this whole thing affected your band?

JHP: Oh yeah, we’re almost at 1000 facebook likes in just the last 12 hours. We’ve been sky rocketing. Our Twitter feed has been blowing up. We got approached by Monarch Distribution, which is a huge Los Angeles porn distribution company. I talked to them this evening and I’m going to be talking to them more tomorrow. We’re actually going to be working out a contract putting out a DVD/CD release and it’s gonna be a DVD of porn that we produce, including the Westboro video. We’re actually gonna do a couple more sequels to it in the very, very near future, as well as re-release our album. Something is definitely in the works and it’s gonna get big and we’re not gonna die down after this. It’s not gonna happen.

KW: Is there anything else that you would like people to know?

JPH: One emphasis that we’re trying to put out there is that none of us in the band are sexist or misogynist or anything. We’re all just really nice guys. I think that’s why we’ve been able to get these girls on our porn site for free. We’re not a**holes. We don’t treat women like s**t. A couple of the girls that model for us are avid feminists. We’re pretty much sex friendly, not sexist. We’re about sex, drugs and rock n roll. We’re about having fun. We don’t think women are sluts or whores or whatnot. We don’t put gender standards on anyone. We’re very LGBT friendly, even though we are a heterosexual band and all of our songs are about straight sex. We’re heterosexual so we’re not gonna sing songs about gay sex because we’re not gay, but we definitely support the LGBT community any way we can.

Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News and also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music, and food. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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