ALL THAT REMAINS SINGER DEFENDS HIS COMMENTS ON GAY AND RACIAL SLURS
All That Remains singer Phil Labonte has come out on in defense of his recent comments in an interview with Revolver magazine, in which he stated that thelesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) community has not faced the same obstacles as the black community and that he does not find homophobic slurs — which he has used — nearly as damaging as racist slurs. Labonte also accused his critics of wanting to curtail his freedom of speech.
Labonte said on Facebook, “Seen a lot of brouhaha on the interwebs about the Revolver article. Of course lots of people are saying I should be beat up or killed or I should kill myself. So, basically the blogs (and) commenters on said blogs are saying this: ‘freedom of speech, so long as you don’t offend me.’ So these people are of the same mindset of the people who said the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris were justified because some things are just too offensive.”
Labonte added, “I fully understand that to some people it is offensive to hear the word ‘f****t.’ I get it, you’re fragile and words give you ouchies. But remember what you’re asking for when you decry protecting the freedom of speech.”
Labonte addressed his 2005 use of the word “f****t” n his Revolver interview, saying, “I have nothing against gay people. It’s just a word . . . I think the only people that have a legit grievance when it comes to any racial slurs is the black community.”
Adding that he was not trying the “minimize” the plight of the LGBT community, he continued that “homosexuals were never property,” and that even though they have “had a rough time,” the “black community has a whole lot more room to be upset about a word than the LGBT community.”
All That Remains will release its seventh studio album, The Order Of Things, on February 24th. The first single is called “This Probably Won’t End Well.”
The band will kick off a tour with In Flames in Agoura Hills, California on February 20th.