When Westboro Baptist Church spokeswoman Margie Phelps slithered onto Twitter on Wednesday to announce plans to protest Elizabeth Taylor's funeral, many were horrified, but not Dame Liz's vigilant friends. They say, "Bring it on!"

"Elizabeth spent her whole life fighting for what's right, and it looks like it will be no different now that she's gone," a close friend of the actress tells me.

Confidants correctly point out that the acting legend took on battling HIV and AIDS when there was still a huge amount of fear and stigma attached to the disease and those affected. That the yahoos at Westboro plan to publicly mock her compassion and dedication has only emboldened her friends.