If you were a 2000’s emo kid, there’s a pretty solid chance you enjoyed listening to Paramore. The band, with frontwoman Hayley Williams, brought us some of our favorite teenage angst songs–including “Misery Business” from their album Riot!
The song is easily one of their biggest singles and brings us all back to a time of adolescence. However, if you were planning to see Paramore in concert and jam out to it–you’ll be sad to learn that the band has made a decision to no longer perform “Misery Business” at live shows any longer.
At their September 7th show in Nashville, Williams told her fans that it would be the last show in which they sing the song live.
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
Why are they no longer performing the song, you ask–simple: fans and followers have grown to see the song as “anti-feminist.” Specifically, one line in the song:
Once a whore, you’re nothing more/ I’m sorry, that will never change.
Over the years, as there has been some backlash over the lyrics, Williams issued a statement on Tumblr explaining that she was a young 17-years-old when she had originally written the lyrics and since then, has grown to see her mistake.
She has also said in interviews:
“The problem with the lyrics is not that I had an issue with someone I went to school with. That’s just high school and friendships and breakups. 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.”
While it’s sincerely relatable for most teens, Williams does not want to perpetuate this language and view of women any longer. While she cannot erase the song, she can stop playing it live–which is what she’s decided to do. Regardless of her choice, fans were deeply upset to hear that they would stop playing one of their favorite songs.
My day has been ruined knowing that the bop that is misery business is being retired pic.twitter.com/UH2hrj9u3d
— Andrea (@Andieeee__) September 8, 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
Misery Business is like the heart of their shows, where everyone sings along and bring someone on stage. So what the fuck do you mean Paramore isn’t playing it anymore?!! ????????????
— [Gabs] #SanversIsEndgame (@sawyersgvnn) September 8, 2018
hayley williams deciding to stop playing misery business live because the lyrics had slut-shaming language we won but at what cost ????
— ty olin (@abilittyl) September 8, 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
tonight was paramore’s last ever performance of misery business and i never got to see it live this is homophobia
— alex (@WlCKEDURIE) September 8, 2018
THEY JUST SAID THIS IS THEIR LAST TIME PLATNG MISERY BUSINESS FOR A “VERY LONG TIME” BC THEY FEEL LIKE ITS TIME TO PUT IT IN THE PAST BC THEY DONT AGREE WITH THE MESSAGE DHSJSNDNS F FUCM
— aj 6 / pinned (@judaskissme) September 8, 2018
Couldn’t Paramore have changed the one lyric in Misery Business instead of retiring it from shows? Also, I get that it’s problematic but compared to other lyrics/content in other songs from other artists???? I just find people attacking them so much for it absolutely ridiculous.
— Cara Bobara. (@MidwestBasic) September 8, 2018
Paramore retiring Misery Business + the recordings of Tell Me How have both destroyed me emotionally. pic.twitter.com/sk3fIRz0Er
— Sydney Nickole (@SydneyNickole13) September 8, 2018
HAYLEY SAID SHE IS NEVER PERFORMING MISERY BUSINESS AGAIN AFTER TONIGHT OH MY GOD
— Alyssa (@taurusmoon_) September 8, 2018