Hayley Williams Addresses Former Paramore Guitarist's Homophobic Comments

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday October 30, 2020

Paramore  (Source:Paramore / Facebook)

On Wednesday, Hayley Williams, lead singer of rock band Paramore, addressed homophobic comments allegedly made by a former guitarist on social media, Vulture reports.

In the first of two Tweets, Williams said, "There's a reason there are only 3 people left in @paramore. surprise, haters, it ain't cause of me. paramore do not condone religiously/politically dogmatic beliefs which leave our LGBTQ+ friends, fans, & family feeling abandoned and hopeless."

In the second Tweet, Williams made clear she's not afraid to lose fans over the matter: "And ya know, if that doesn't jive with you, well, feel free to go to where all past members of paramore have gone which is literally anywhere else but paramore."

Williams' Tweets appear to have been in response to an unearthed Facebook comment by Paramore's former guitarist Josh Farro, in which he equated homosexuality with pedophilia:

Farro and his brother Zac left Paramore in 2010, with Josh explaining in a blog post that Williams' "views started changing from what we all once believed in" around the time of the band's tour behind their 2007 album "Riot." Zac returned to the band in 2017 with the release of their album "After Laughter." Zac took to social media to echo Williams' sentiments, though neither mention Josh specifically:

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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