That’s right, people. Phil Labonte of All That Remains could give a fuck what you think about him.
Case in point: Last year, he called Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack a “faggot.” Who cares if that word offends you!
While people have largely forgotten the newly-married frontman’s homophobic tirade, Revolver sure didn’t and had the chance to chat with Phil and asked him about the incident.
“I don’t worry about what people think about me,” Phil responded.
“I’ll call everyone in my band a faggot and some people who read that get really butt-hurt. I just don’t know why. What happened to, ‘Sticks and stones may 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 ‘faggot’ you need to man up. It’s just a word.”
For the most part, I tend to agree with Phil. Maybe that’s because I’m straight. But I do know that words can be hurtful. My words seem to get people worked up all the time (I have called Biersack “Andy Ballsack” before), and I do know that folks get hyper-pissed when you use the word “retarded” to describe something.
Who among us, though, has never used the word faggot? Anyone?
Asked if he thinks gay marriage is wrong, Phil said nope.
“Passing laws against gay marriage is the most ridiculous thing in the world,” says Phil. “The idea that gay people shouldn’t enjoy the same rights 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.”
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