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Paramore Will No Longer Play ‘Misery Business’ Due To Sexist Lyric

Fans are divided over the decision.

Misery Business

Paramore have announced they will no longer play their breakout hit ‘Misery Business’ in their sets anymore, due to the ongoing controversy surrounding a sexist lyric in its second verse.

Singer Hayley Williams made the announcement on stage at their final After Laughter tour stop in Nashville two nights ago, telling the crowd it felt right to retire the song.

“Tonight we’re playing this song for the last time, for a very long time. This is a choice that we’ve made because we feel that we should, we feel like it’s time to move away from it for a little while,” Williams told the crowd. “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 come under fire over the last few years over the lyrics “Once a whore you’re nothing more/I’m sorry, that’ll never change”. They have been widely deemed to be sexist and anti-feminist.

Williams addressed the controversy in a Tumblr post in May 2015, writing that she doesn’t relate to those lyrics anymore.

“‘Misery Business’ is not a set of lyrics that I relate to as a 26-year-old woman,” she wrote. “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.”

She spoke about it further in an interview with Track 7 two months ago.

“For whatever reason, I believe I was supposed to have written those backwards words and I was supposed to learn something from them… years later,” Williams said. “It’s made me more compassionate toward other women, who maybe have social anxieties… and toward younger girls who are at this very moment learning to cope and to relate and to connect. We’re all just trying our damnedest.”

Fans are split on the band’s decision to retire the song.

Paramore’s latest album After Laughter was released last year. Read our review here.