All That Remains’ Phil Labonte Says Homophobic Slur Is ‘Just a Word’
Late last year, All That Remains singer Phil Labonte raised a few eyebrows when using the word "f--got" while talking about a song competition between his band and Black Veil Brides. At the time, he was referencing a photo split that featured himself and the glammed out singer of Black Veil Brides, Andy Biersack. The vocalist later clarified his comments and with some distance now between the remarks, he's commented further on the outrage over his usage of the term.
In a recent issue of Revolver (excerpted by ThePrp.com), Labonte says, "I don't worry what people think about me. I'll call everyone in my band a f--got and some people who read that get really butt-hurt. I just don't know why. What happened to 'Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me'? I don't advocate hurting someone's feelings because of their sexual orientation, but at the same time, if it really offends you when someone says 'f--got,' you need to man up. It's just a word."
At the time of the incident and pending backlash, Labonte criticized the metal media for latching onto one aspect and not telling the whole story, like his vocal support of gay rights. He adds in the new interview, "Passing laws against gay marriage is the most ridiculous thing that straight people do. That's offensive to me, because they're just people, and it certainly isn't my right to go ahead and tell people how they can live or cannot live."
For all the hubbub over that incident last year, All That Remains have also done a lot of good. Just last month the band continued their support of the military by visiting a Marine Corps base around the Thanksgiving holiday. The group recently issued the video for 'Stand Up' from their newly released 'A War You Cannot Win' album.