Friday, September 8, marked a major day for Paramore fans everywhere. That evening, during their concert at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, lead singer Hayley Williams made a major announcement.
Williams told the crowd they would no longer be performing their 2007 hit, “Misery Business.”
She went on to explain the decision.
Tonight, we’re playing the song for the last time for a really long time. 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.
Before they began the song for the final time, she said:
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.
The song has been controversial since its debut more than 10 years ago, mainly because of the lyric, “Once a whore, you’re nothing more / I’m sorry, that will never change.”
— NME (@NME) September 9, 2018
In 2015 Williams wrote a blog post about the song. In it she said:
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. it was quite literally a page in my diary about a singular moment i experienced as a high schooler.
Last year, when criticism about the lyrics recirculated, Williams spoke out again:
The thing that annoyed me was that I had already done so much soul-searching about it, years before anyone else had decided there was an issue. When the article began circulating, I sort of had to go and rehash everything in front of everybody. It was important, however, for me to show humility in that moment. I was a 17 year old kid when I wrote the lyrics in question and if I can somehow exemplify what it means to grow up, get information, and become any shade of ‘woke’, then that’s a-okay with me.
She and her band have decided to prove their growth by putting the song away indefinitely.
Many fans appreciate their integrity.
Haley Williams has always talked about how she regrets that song and that people don’t understand she wrote it when she was a twerpy 16 year old. I think they kept playing it cause it was their first big hit. It kind of made them.
But I’m glad they finally cut it out.
— AJ Murphy-Dillon (@anyssa_murphy) September 9, 2018
it’s a pretty bad song lyrics wise, it was written when hayley was a teenager and it has some pretty misogynistic lines that seemed harmless 10+ years ago but thankfully we’re not so awful anymore
— paola (@umakunaritai_) September 9, 2018
I love when artists are able to grow and move on from the past 🙂
— Parry (@Where_sParry) September 9, 2018
Good. The song was good for the time & it’s great that it helped the band get as huge as they are, but they have way better songs than this, & why continue on w/ singing a song you no longer relate to? After a while I can imagine it feels like you’re just going thru the motions.
— Robert James (@RobJGoldE) September 10, 2018
Hayley Williams is openly an inclusive feminist icon who has been shit on for the past 10 years because of misery business, and now that she announced they’re taking a break from it y’all are gonna shit on her more? Nah, fuck outta here.
— alyssa (@alyssal_16) September 10, 2018
But other fans are heartbroken that their favorite hit is going into the vault.
@PatrickADougall Omg shook
— Elias Derry (@EliasDerry) September 9, 2018
Wow. All because she says “once a whore you’re nothing more” once again sensitive ass 2018. Thanks a lot
Paramore announce they won't play Misery Business for a long time https://t.co/7Z94KD5UEG
— Nathan Ryan (@NathanRyan) September 9, 2018
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) September 8, 2018
That’s quite ridiculous and quite literally the least rock n roll thing I’ve ever heard.
— Benjamin (@CutlerBenjamin) September 9, 2018
misery business is one of paramore's best songs….. i blame the a) hipsters for saying it's bad because it's popular b) “problematic” obsessed trolls for shaming the song
— Savanah (@mizbizsav) September 8, 2018
Artists put their voices and names to their songs and they should feel comfortable with the messages they choose to convey.