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All That Remains' Phil Labonte: 'Shut the F--- Up About [Caitlyn] Jenner'

Phil Labonte of Killswitch Engage performs at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois on February 14, 2010
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Phil Labonte of Killswitch Engage performs at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois on February 14, 2010. 

You can add All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte to the small but disappointing chorus of voices with contrarian things to say about Caitlyn Jenner and her Vanity Fair cover

On June 2, Labonte ranted on his personal Facebook page against those praising Jenner's transformation and what he calls a "PC feminized world." 

He wrote:

 

JESUS FUCK SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT JENNER. Every one of you self righteous fuckers who are talking about how brave she...

Posted by Philip Labonte on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

 

Yesterday (June 3), he followed up with an addendum, attempting to draw a line between "a brave TS woman" and Jenner:

 

Addendum. This is a brave TS woman. She didn't have a gold medal. A Wheaties box. Hollywood family. She transitioned...

Posted by Philip Labonte on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

 

Antagonistic statements from Labonte are nothing new; in fact, his social media presence and interview history runs the gamut of insensitivity. For instance, as Metalsucks points out, he defended calling Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack a "faggot" by saying he supported gay marriage, but thought it was acceptable to call others such terms under the old "sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me" defense. 

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One could try to convince someone like Labonte that Jenner's journey is remarkable even with all the fame and support because of the example and inspiration it's setting for all transgender individuals, famous and not-so-famous. Or that doing what Caitlyn did is brave no matter what family you're a part of. 

For now, let's be happy for Caitlyn and for the fact that views like Labonte's -- at least among public figures -- have been in the minority. 

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