Posted in music on March 24, 2014

Touche Amore

Following the death of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps, Touche Amore decided to reprise the shirt they created in 2008 to accompany their song, "wehatefredphelps.com." The original shirt featured a line from the song, "We'd love to see you in the ground," and in place of that the new shirts now say "Good Riddance." They were sold (they're now sold out), and all proceeds went to benefit Human Rights Campaign. This caused some internet controversy, and in response, the band posted an explanation to their Facebook on Saturday...

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 "wehatefredphelps.com." 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 http://www.hrc.org

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 godhatesfags.com 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

That's an instagram from the band of the shirt above.

Touche Amore were just in Austin for SXSW where one of their shows was the official BrooklynVegan showcase. If you missed it, you can check out pictures.

Listen to "wehatefredphelps.com" below...

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Comments (42)

Typical hipster disrespect, fucking entitled douchebags. Love or hate this guy, he won't be bothering you any longer so leave him alone.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 9:19 AM

No. He made hundreds of people's families absolutely miserable throughout his life.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 9:22 AM

get bent

Posted by blayne | March 24, 2014 9:31 AM

Hatred breeds hatred breeds....profit?

UH-MURICA!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 9:36 AM

not bothered by the content of the shirt, but annoyed by TA acting like theyre doing anything remotely controversial by printing this shirt. the number of relevant people who disagree with the statement on it is zero. phelps' own son hated him for fuck's sake. who cares.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 9:37 AM

I'd rather spend a week with the Westboro Baptist Church then ever hear another Touche Amore song.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 9:38 AM

so punx so edge

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 9:39 AM

does this mean the doods in touch amole are down for some hotfrot action?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 9:45 AM

This is just a rip off of the shirts Ceremony made when Jerry Falwell died that said "Rest in Shit, Motherfucker"

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 9:48 AM

America - FUCK YEAH!

Another reason why people hate us.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 9:49 AM

I'm actually pretty proud to say I've never heard a song of TA(what a ridiculous name)and it will stay that way.

The fact that you're blatantly celebrating someones death, regardless of what they did, is just plain pathetic and an example of bad taste. Go play an AIDS/Gay rights benefit instead - you douchebags!

What a bunch of frat boys.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 9:52 AM

The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die would never pull a stunt like this.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 9:55 AM

This is better than the tie-dye shirts & backward hats I see at Phish concerts.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 10:00 AM

don't give a F about the band, but great shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 10:01 AM

"What a bunch of frat boys."
Do you know what a "frat boy" is? Or are you just slinging random pejoratives?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 10:10 AM

Imagine that - uninformed self important hipsters telling everyone what to believe from inside their wombic bubble

Fuck these twats

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 10:15 AM

10:10 was psyched to use his SAT word of the day.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 10:15 AM

To be fair they don't look like frat boys, just a bunch of douches.

But frat boys still suck dick.

That should clear everything up

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 10:16 AM

FUCK D!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 10:18 AM

shit band needs to keep galvanizing their shit fans.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 10:24 AM

don't hate the messenger. God really does hate fags. read His book.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 10:39 AM

this shirt is pretty fucking deep bro

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 11:27 AM

You guys are actually using the term 'hipster' as an insult on a site called BROOKLYN VEGAN? Get bent, you bunch of nerds. Fred Phelps was a pile of human garbage who spent the majority of his life terrorizing, persecuting and hating others all in the name of some bullshit fairy tale. Now his name is being used to profit that very group of individuals he wished could be eradicated. Perfect irony. Fred Phelps was a bigot and you guys all have your heads up your asses.

Posted by vmcb | March 24, 2014 11:42 AM

although I'm deeply please this asshole will not be spewing his ignorance anymore - this guy openly invited all of his detractors to his funeral. Dude has been picking the fight for years and people keep taking the bait (he was a fucking lawyer!). The best thing we could all do is let him have his lonely funeral with his 25 relatives (church) and make it clear everything this guy devoted his life to didn't mean shit and just didn't fucking matter one bit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 11:55 AM

11:42 sounds mad. I guess that's all leftie activist atheists have left once they dismiss natural law. So boring, so predictable.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 12:02 PM

"controversy"

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 12:07 PM

You people commenting are fucking losers. Please ride your high horses off the nearest bridge/cliff/high elevated surface.

WBC sucks. If you don't think we should be happy this fuckboi is dead, then you don't deserve to breathe the polluted air of your shitty Brooklyn loft-style shit hole.

Posted by FuckBKHipsters | March 24, 2014 12:20 PM

Touche Amore are a shitty band. but frat boys? LOL.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 12:22 PM

Why would that be called controversy? I've never lived in a country that uses this term so often. Such a conservative nation, not nice to get anyone offended... You had to hear Genesis stories yesterday at rough trade, teach you what real controversy is.

Posted by ME | March 24, 2014 12:22 PM

hey, the guy spread a lot of hate. Ok, nice to have this discourse but shit...still a capitalist move to profit on someone's death by selling a shirt with his image. Regardless of how hateful he was it's disrespectful to the family and friends to do this. sorry. if any of you suffered a loss you'd agree.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 12:34 PM

Did any of you even read the article? They are donating all profit. So explain to me how they are profiting from this?

Posted by FuckBKHipsters | March 24, 2014 12:43 PM

^^^^ 12:34 pretty sure 99% of us here have 'suffered a loss.' go fuck yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 12:43 PM

WAAAAAAAH WE'VE ALL SUFFERED A LOSS WAAAAAAAH I'M ENTITLED TO HATE WHAT AND WHO I WANT WAAAAAAAH I'M A VICTIM I HATE YOU WAAAAAAAAAAH

fuck off

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 1:09 PM

It's America, we're free to hate who we want. If you don't like it, fuck off and don't buy the shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 1:14 PM

1:14 is the guitarist of TA - he just finished eating a couple of burgers at In-N-Out bro!!! He's PUMPED!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 1:26 PM

1:14 is so scaweee
i wonder if he's as adorable in person, you know where tough talk like that might carry consequences?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 1:41 PM

@9:48am They originally make the shirt in 2008. So, no, not a rip off. Read the article.

@9:37 AM You're annoyed at the band for addressing the people that were upset about it? On Facebook... Of which you'd have never heard about if Brooklyn Vegan didn't post and you didn't click the link...So shouldn't you be upset with yourself?

@12:34pm All profits went to charity. Read the article.

@9:52am Celebrating death might be tasteless. But, it certainly doesn't make you a frat boy. I'd love to see your resumé of philanthropy ...perhaps you have one... but the type that anonymously casts a stone on the internet tends to only frequently volunteer to eat Cheetos. I say that while munching.

Per usual, the comment section is a fucking embarrassment and I now feel dumber having read it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 2:17 PM

asshole dead guy, dumb shirt for mall punks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 2:58 PM

^ts(tupid); dr

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 2:58 PM


I would totally protest and buy a shirt, but unfortunately busy at the moment focusing on fun stuff.

Posted by Burg | March 24, 2014 6:24 PM

I feel so sanctimonious by hating on a guy who I disagreed with when he can't defend himself anymore.

You may want to look up "cowardice" on your Wikipedia, hipster throng.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2014 10:27 PM

The iPods

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2014 1:21 AM

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