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Paramore announced that they will no longer be performing 'anti-feminist' tune Misery Business

Paramore told fans that Misery Business will not be played again for a “long time”.

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IF THERE IS one Paramore song that everyone knows, it’s their 2007 hit ‘Misery Business’. 

The song was written by the band’s singer Hayley Williams when she was just 17 years old, and like most things that most people create when they’re in their late teens, it has aged pretty badly.

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Hayley Williams acknowledged this fact herself at the start of last summer, when fans said they weren’t feeling that whole “Once a whore, you’re nothing more / I’m sorry, that will never change” line.

Williams told Track 7:

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 explained that the song lyrics “literally came from a page in [her] diary”, and that the lyrics aren’t just problematic because they refer to another woman as a whore, but rather because they highlight the ways in which women are made to believe they are competing against each other.

It’s the way I tried to call her out using words that didn’t belong in the conversation. It’s the fact that the story was setup inside the context of a competition that didn’t exist over some fantasy romance.

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Over the weekend, Hayley Williams performed Misery Business in Nashville, Tennessee, and informed fans that it was the last time the song would be played live. 

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What I wanna say is, tonight we’re playing this song for the last time for a very long time. This is a choice that we made because we feel that we should. We think it’s time to move away from it. 

Although it was the song that introduced many fans to the band in the first place, they weren’t too upset by the decision. 

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