Hayley Williams, the lead vocalist of Paramore, has announced that the band will no longer be performing what’s arguably one of their most famous songs, because of slut-shaming lyrics.
“Once a whore, you’re nothing more, I’m sorry that’ll never change,” is the line in the song that has drawn widespread criticism in recent years.
The announcement came at a performance in Nashville on Friday evening, at which Williams told the crowd “Tonight we’re playing this song for the last time, for a really long time.”
The 29-year-old star, who wrote the song at age 17, went on to explain that the band wanted to “move away from it for a little while.”
“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.”
At the Paramore concert in Nashville and they just announced that they won’t be performing Misery Business again for a long time after this show. Omg. pic.twitter.com/wARvoYGz76— Tyler Matl (@TylerMatl) September 8, 2018
Some fans have questioned the band’s choice to shelve the song, rather than addressing the misogynistic lyric:
Paramore isn't gonna play Misery Business in concert anymore because the lyrics have slut shaming in them and that's bad.— Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole) September 10, 2018
But like... it's your song. You can change the lyrics.
However some have pointed out the misogynistic message delivered by the song goes further than one lyric, being central to the song. The music video sees Williams cutting off the ponytail, smearing the makeup, and pulling out the bra inserts of the woman addressed in the lyrics.
*waltzes in*— Andrew (@AndrewGauld) September 9, 2018
bop or not, misery business has been marred by ugly sentiment from the very beginning, (that music video - yeeeesh) and i think it's really awesome that hayley and the gang are opting to stand back from it
alexa play told you so
Many fans have defended the move, and supported Williams’ right to reflect on and move away from things she said when she was younger:
Lmao. It makes sense that Paramore wants to stop performing Misery Business. The song is a 3 minute slut shame.— Mars (@SouljaJo) September 9, 2018
hayley from paramore made her own informed decision to stop playing misery business live and people are acting like this is some kind of ~sjw~ sanctioned banning when it has literally nothing to do with anything other than hayley’s own personal feelings— grace “girlfriend of noah” centineo (@oneofthosefaces) September 10, 2018
Imagine feeling so entitled to a song, that you’re going to get pissed off with Paramore for removing Misery Business from their live set. Have none of you ever felt uncomfortable with things you said when you were a teenager? Hayley does, so she’s not going to perform it again -— Cerys. ♥ (@Cerys_sj_Heath) September 9, 2018
And Hayley definitely seems confident in that decision. Let’s hope more artists follow suit.