All That Remains’ Phil Labonte On Using Homophobic Slurs: “I Don’t Worry What People Think About Me”
Some of you may recall the controversy that All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte faced late last year when he called Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack a “faggot” (his subsequent follow-up responses at the time can be found at this location).
Revolver recently asked him about the incident in their latest issue (Nov./Dec. 2012) via the following exchange:
“How about when you called Andy Biersack a faggot? After that, you had a lot of people call you homophobic
I don’t worry about what people think about me. 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.
Do you think gay marriage is wrong?
Absolutely not. Passing laws against gay marriage is the most ridiculous thing in the world. 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.”