Pop-punk singer explains how she feels about the 2007 single 'Misery Business'
Paramore‘s Hayley Williams has written about her belief in feminism and stated that she no longer relates to some of the band’s songs as a result of her beliefs.
Williams published the blog on Tumblr is response to unspecified criticism of the band’s song ‘Misery Business’, which first appeareed on the 2007 album ‘Riot!’.
‘Misery Business’ is written from the perspective of Williams talking about taking a man from another woman and includes the lyrics, “I never meant to brag/But I got him where I want him now/To steal it all away from you now/But God does it feel so good”.
The lead singer of the US band said these lyrics do not make her a “bad feminist” and that she hasn’t related to the words in the song for “a very long time”.
“I read a couple comments today about how I can’t be feminist or whether or not I’m a “good” feminist. To speak specifically to one of those comments, I’ll say this: ‘Misery Business’ is not a set of lyrics that I relate to as a 26 year old woman. 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.”
Williams ended by stating, “Im a 26 years old person. And yes, a proud feminist. Just maybe not a perfect one?”
Earlier this year Williams cast doubt on the immediate future of the pop-punk band, stating that she has “no idea what is next” for the group. The singer went on to say that she’ll instead shift her focus to non-musical projects, as she prepares to launch her own hair dye company and host an internet beauty show called ‘Kiss-Off’.
Williams is also set to marry New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert. The pair announced their engagement on Christmas Day 2014.