A decade since its release, Paramore’s “Misery Business” has officially run its course. During a recent gig in their hometown of Nashville, the pop punk outfit announced that they will no longer perform their breakout hit at live shows.
The decision isn’t a surprise to most fans, though. Over the years, “Misery Business” has stirred up controversy after critics deemed its lyrics as anti-feminist, particularly the line: “Once a whore, you’re nothing more / I’m sorry, that’ll never change.”
During the show, frontwoman Hayley Williams told fans that removing the song from their setlist felt the right thing to do. “We feel like it’s time to move away from it for a little while,” the singer stated before the band launched into the fiery anthem one last time.
This isn’t the first time the band has addressed the issue. In 2015, Williams admitted that the song had a “very narrow-minded perspective.” “‘Misery Business’ is not a set of lyrics that I can 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.”
Regardless what fans think, it’s a pretty bold and respectful move from the band.
Watch Paramore make the announcement below:
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
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