It's hard to imagine anyone other than the surviving members of the Westboro Baptist Church are especially torn up over the death of its recently deceased leader Fred Phelps. No one really knows how to react when a reviled public figure dies, but for a few people, the actions of Los Angeles' Touché Amoré went too far.

The band printed and sold t-shirts depicting a portrait of the deceased leader above the words "Good Riddance". The act caused enough controversy to prompt the post-hardcore act's frontman , Jeremy Bolm, to release a statement on Facebook addressing it, and outlining their intentions. Read what he had to say below.

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 whose 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

ps: here's a link to the 2008 demo of wehatefredphelps.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifvh7OQZemQ

pss; here's a link to a bad scan of the original shirt. http://bit.ly/1kTyaPU