Paramore recently announced that they will no longer play their hit song, “Misery Business” at their live shows. The band reportedly came to the agreement that the song no longer fit the message they wished to represent to their fans and listeners.
According to E News, the announcement came from lead singer, Hayley Williams, during their Friday show at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. “Tonight, we’re playing the song for the last time for a really long time,” Williams explained. “This is a choice that we have made because we feel that we should. We feel like it’s time to move away from it for a little while.” This decision is reportedly in response to the history of controversy the song has gathered over the last few years. Critics of the song cite a particular lyric that seemingly shames a specific female group, and believe the song to be regressive in its message.
Williams had previously commented on the controversy in 2015, saying: “‘Misery Business’ is not a set of lyrics that I relate to as a 26-year-old woman. 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.”
She went on to explain that she didn’t feel ashamed of the lyric choices she made, and that time had matured her views past her 17-year-old attitude she had on the culture of “popular girls”. “It’s a lot easier when we have support and community with each other,” Williams said. “Vulnerability helps lay the foundation for all that.”
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