“All That Remains Is Ignorance”: One Singer’s Quest To Make Himself Look Like A Jerk.

Apparently, Philip Labonte, alleged singer of the metal band All That Remains is now an expert on psychology, sexual orientation, racism and constitutional law.   

Labonte was recently called out for using the word ‘faggot’ on a DVD in 2005.  Instead of just saying, “sorry that was out of line” and letting it die, he decided to try and explain (pronounced: justify).  In the process, he made a string of comments that were staggeringly ignorant.  I’m not going to render much of an opinion on his specific statements, I’ll just share them with you and let them speak for themselves.  I will, however, provide a translation into human so you can understand what he is saying.  For context, here is a picture of the guy making the comments.

(Keep in mind that while he is free to speak his opinion, the rest of us are free to cut his opinion to ribbons.)

He may look like gay, African-American constitutional scholar, but he's actually just a singer from a semi-famous band.
He may look like gay, African-American constitutional scholar, but he’s actually just a singer from a semi-famous band.

“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.” – Philip Labonte on the use of the word, ‘faggot’

Hopefully, you made a face like this when you read that comment.
Hopefully, you made a face like this when you read that comment.

What he actually meant: “The only exposure I have to marginalized groups is when Black History Month comes around, and whenever I see that on TV, I just change the channel.”  Philip has never heard of the Trail of Tears, or the Holocaust, or Japanese internment or the gay’s and lesbians that have been persecuted and even… burned at the stake all throughout history.  Next!

He then tries to explain that he does’t want to “minimize the plight of homosexuals” but 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.”

Phil Labonte's alternate profile picture.
Phil Labonte’s alternate profile picture.

What he actually meant: “I don’t want to minimize the struggles of the LGBT community, but I’m going to try and power through it anyway.”  Philip, give me your home address, I’ll send you a dictionary so you can look up the definition of minimize.  I’ll even put a sticky note with the page number in it because based on the things that come out of your mouth, you may not know how to count past 23.

Here is his explanation of what is wrong with minorities. “I think that people get offended far too easily, and I think that they get offended because it’s almost like you’re supposed to get offended by certain things. It’s, like, there’s pressure from society. If you’re not offended, there’s something wrong with you.”

That is the question.  The answer is YES!
That is the question. The answer is YES!

What he actually meant:  “I want to be able to say whatever I want whenever I want without consequences.  A history of genocide, slavery, internment camps and public lynchings don’t give people a reason to be upset and concerned when I insult their cultures.”  What Philip Labonte? Really?  You do realize that the whole reason metal still exists is because people back in the 70’s and 80’s got offended by “the devil’s music” and campaigned so hard against it that it became every wannabe rebel’s wet dream.  You owe your career in part to people you disagree with being offended.  If marginalized groups aren’t allowed to be offended when someone uses a slur that was designed solely to bring down entire communities, I don’t know who is.

Philip Labonte, books are good for more than just wiping your ass, rolling joints and eating.  You can also read them.  I suggest you try it sometime.

Should artists think more carefully before they speak?  Do people get offended to easily?  Discuss below or on The Ultimate Sound’s twitter page.  

(Quotes sourced from http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/all-that-remains-singer-phil-labonte-people-get-offended-far-too-easily/)


4 thoughts on ““All That Remains Is Ignorance”: One Singer’s Quest To Make Himself Look Like A Jerk.

  1. Dan Costa February 5, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    Your opinion on “why metal still exists” is complete horseshit. It’s a shame; despite your overenthusiasm (presumably to fill space?) and your gross overuse of tired literary trips r fresh from the internet of yesteryear, I actually agreed with your article. Hey, though, I guess it’s okay to be minimizing and derogatory after all… you just have to change the context.


    • Andrew Hutz February 5, 2015 / 6:21 pm

      I believe that metal still gains a lot of public exposure from controversial and potentially “offensive” content. I think people should be able to say what they want but they should also be prepared to face backlash. This clown said something derogatory, it came back to haunt him, and instead of owning up to it, he blames minorities. It’s a sad state of affairs.


      • Dan Costa February 5, 2015 / 6:28 pm

        Even as much of an All That Remains fan as I am, I’m not about to defend Phil Labonte’s actions. I do not, however, believe that your comment about metal as a whole, which came off as condescending and trivializing, was accurate or analogous. Even going down the line of thinking that it was, and that metal thrives on controversy, wouldn’t this be one more coal kindled in the fire? It would, thereby making your argument contradictory, and your thinking circular. QED.


      • Andrew Hutz February 5, 2015 / 7:02 pm

        I’m not saying they are wrong for making use of controversy, just that guys like Labonte need to be able to own up to it when they are taken to task over said controversy. Having been involved in the metal scene for many years in one way or another, I was just relaying personal observations. As a metal fan, I’d like to throw a little coal on the fire, maybe people will read this and go listen to some of the older bands to learn what controversies they were involved in and hopefully become fans.


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