Paramore announce they’ll no longer play Misery Business at their shows
- December 4, 2019
- By Admin: Ida Nelson
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PARAMORE have declared they will no longer play their biggest hit at their live shows, after the song’s lyrics were deemed ‘anti-feminist’ and ‘slut-shaming’.
Singer Hayley Williams informed a concert crowd of their decision in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this week.
Debate has surrounded the song which is the lead single from their 2007 album Riot. It’s considered the song that shot them to fame and mainstream attention.
The song features the lyric: “Once a whore, you’re nothing more, I’m sorry, that will never change.”
Williams did not sing the lyric during the performance. She’s also opted not to sing it in the past saying she wanted to try and “do the right thing”.
“This is a choice that we’ve made because we feel that we should, we feel like it’s time to move away from it for a little while,” she said during the show.
“This is to every bad decision that led us here, this is to all the embarrassing things we might have said, but we owned up to it and we grew.”
In 2015 Williams shared her thoughts on the song after she was criticised for being anti-feminist.
She explained she was a teenager when she wrote the song and the controversial line was taken from her diary.
“I read a couple comments today about how I can’t be feminist or whether or not I’m a “good” feminist. To speak specifically to one of those comments, I’ll say this: Misery Business is not a set of lyrics that I relate to as a 26-year-old woman,” she wrote at the time.
“I haven’t related to it in a very long time. Those words were written when I was 17 … admittedly, from a very narrow-minded perspective. It wasn’t really meant to be this big philosophical statement about anything. It was quite literally a page in my diary about a singular moment I experienced as a high-schooler.”
The band’s choice to kill the song from their setlists received a mixed reaction from fans.
While many praised the decision a lot of fans felt it was taking censorship too far.
Many Paramore fans took to Twitter and YouTube to have their say on the decision:
“People need to stop killing music and grow up,” YouTuber Blanca L wrote on the Misery Business video comments feed.
“Screw the band for caving into pressure and removing the song from their setlist. When you start censoring art you know the world is heading in the wrong direction.” Sande added.
“Pretty sad that they won’t ever perform this song again,” John Arcales wrote.
paramore just announced on stage that tonight is the last night they’d ever play misery business and I am in cardiac arrest.— Sam (@heysammetz)
Paramore stopping misery business because the lyrics are problematic is pretty sad especially when you’ve got other artists talking about dicks, pussy, bitches n hoes and everyone goes wild for it. 😒 #miserybusiness #paramore— Ayeisha kay (@kay_eish)
Paramore announced that they will be cutting Misery Business from live shows indefinitely…I’ll be in my room reminiscing on the AWESOME song that introduced me to #Paramore to begin with. I feel like my 2007 teenage self is being ripped away from me. 😩😩 pic.twitter.com/7aWoDoM1My— Bailee (@baileeelizabeth)
Misery Business is anti feminist…stop the world. I want to get off #paramore— Blurryface (@TrendyScum10)
— #Convinsky owns my heart (@CarineK)
#Paramore really is in the business of misery because I’ve been miserable since they announced they won’t play Misery Business live anymore.— NaNaNaNaNaylor (@ChloeNaylor)
Kudos to @paramore and @yelyahwilliams for growing with their music and moving on from a song. I was 18 when MizBiz came out and thought it was angst AF. Now, as a 29 year old, I can’t relate. It’ll always have a place in my heart tho. #growth #paramore— Hailey (@Hailey__rhea)
Hayley Williams not playing misery business anymore because of slut shaming lyrics….yup this is it. This is where I draw the line. This generation is full of oversensitive little pussies. #Paramore— ADM productions (@admpresents)