paramore‘S Hayley Williams In a pensive note uploaded to Discord, he apologized and regretted removing two arguing concert-goers from one of the band’s recent shows. “Whatever I may have embarrassed you, I’m sorry,” she wrote.
images conflict At the Madison Square Garden concert, when Williams said to them, “They need to find another place to get that shit done because he won’t be here tonight, this is our home,” the notable attendees had no words to say.
Williams routinely devoted some of the band’s “This is Why” tour stops to encouraging fans to be themselves in the safety and comfort of their show, and wasted no time in making a similar statement at the band’s appearance in New York.
“Yeah, I’m going to embarrass you both. Williams told the misbehaving fans, “You both have to find another place to deal with this shit because that doesn’t happen here.”
Inside conflict In a statement released days after the controversy, Williams expressed regret in writing after seeing videos flooding apps like TikTok, where fans and audience members applauded Williams and the band for removing fans from the show.
“Without the opportunity to go back and forth properly (and with a curfew approaching in the back of my mind), I bared my teeth like a mother wolf,” Williams wrote. “I embarrassed these two people a lot without really knowing what the situation was. Then, as a group – about 25,000 of us – we banished these people from the show in record time.
He said he “couldn’t get rid of the feeling that I was abusing my responsibility and my platform at that moment,” and began apologizing to the duo personally.
“When I saw their faces in the video, I didn’t see the smug smiles that some commentators were criticizing,” he said. “I saw shame and cried for them. I’m telling you, I haven’t stopped thinking about it. So, if you are those two… I apologize for any embarrassment or embarrassment I may have caused you. I’m not telling you that it’s perfectly fine to be right or ignorant on a show… I’m just saying I’m sorry for handling the whole situation like the arbiter of the same kind of cancellation culture. teach or lead in any efficient way.”
The post also touched on Williams’ own personal experiences, which he says “triggered” his initial reaction, and the pressure to “protect the family spaces we’ve created with audiences around the world.” “It feels like my duty to help people feel a sense of security and belonging enough to be fully involved in a Paramore show.”
Elsewhere in the post, Williams also referred to a statement he made to his audience last weekend when he was headlining the Adjacent Music Festival. “I’m very comfortable talking politics and if you vote [Republican presidential candidate] Ron DeSantis, you’re dead to me,” he said then.
On the outraged statement, Williams said: “I hate that the only thing I can really say to people I’ve claimed to be racist or moustached in any way is ‘you’re dead to me,’ even though I know this message is not appropriate for me. It will change a hateful heart.”
Going forward, Williams closed the memo, reminding fans that he “doesn’t want us to ever have to stop a show because of physical aggression ever again,” and said he’d “take someone away anyway if needed.” Next time I’ll work with all my heart so that it doesn’t look like a biblical public execution.