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TOUCHE AMORE celebrate the death of Fred Phelps [UPDATE]

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Known for anti-gay picketing and founding the God Hates Fags church, Fred Phelps died of natural causes earlier this week. To show how “sorry” they are, the lovely guys from TOUCHE AMORE have released a new t-shirt, to be available in their official store. The world went nuts after the sad prick died. Yeah, I know he believed gays should be put to death, but should we celebrate it so much anyway? Listen to the song below and you be the judge!

[UPDATE / March 23rd, 2014] The band has issued the following statement:

Hello everyone.

Let’s talk. While we were slightly surprised by the controversy our “Good Riddance” t-shirt created, we understand the points made by those of you who looked down on the design. We should have known many of you weren’t aware of the background of the shirt and it’s story.

Let me explain a little. We originally created this shirt in 2008 as a companion to the song from our demo that year called “” The original shirt had a line from the song, “We’d love to see you in the ground,” in the place where “Good Riddance” is now. The size of the words align with the original design. Kids seemed to like it and it fit with the angst of the band. I originally wrote the song after going to multiple WBC protests to talk to the members of the church about their stance. After recording the song I even tried giving them burned copies and lyric sheets when they protested a Marilyn Manson concert here in LA in 2009.

Here we are years later, and the man has died. We got messages saying we should reprint the design, so we thought “we’ll do an updated version and have the proceeds go to benefit what the man lived the last years of his life trying to dismantle.” We feel there is beautiful irony in selling an image of a bigot and using the profit towards achieving equality for exactly what they hated. Which is why all net profit (money earned after cost/printing) will be going to

Is it in poor taste? Depends on your taste buds. Poor taste to me is creating an evil cult to protest funerals, discriminate love, and who’s website is if you wanna just slightly scratch the surface.

The last remaining shirts will be gone sometime tonight or tomorrow, so THANK YOU for all of you who picked up the shirt and supported the cause.

Lastly, I firmly believe that art is best when it creates a public discourse on subjects that matter. So for us to see people talking about these sorts of things is exciting regardless, and we thank you for the conversation.
– Jeremy / TA

ps: here’s a link to the 2008 demo of wehatefredphelps.com

pss; here’s a link to a bad scan of the original shirt.

Sing along:

we’ve got a message and we don’t need signs and followers
we’ve got a message; “you’re all fucked”
we’re not in Kansas anymore (we’re not in Kansas anymore)
there’s a place reserved in Hell
you’re going to fit in just fine
take that book you’ve read so wrong
stop making it your own
learn to be a human being; show compassion
all cults end, take a page from Jonestown
drink every drop, let none be wasted

we’d love to see you in the ground
we’d love to see you in the ground
we’d love to see you in the ground
we’d love to see you in the ground
we’d love to see you in the ground
we love to see you in the ground

Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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