Not Afraid To Speak Out
Hayley Williams recently took to the stage and did something that most people would never dare to do – she got involved in politics. It’s not surprising that most celebrities don’t like showing their political side.
But William isn’t afraid to use her platform as an influential singer to speak out against what she deems is tyranny.
We don’t have to tell you that Paramore concerts sell out in a matter of minutes. This means that a lot of people hang on to her every word when she decides to take a break to speak about some important topics.
This isn’t the first time the singer has shown her hand and publicly admitted her political views, but this time she was after a big fish – Ron DeSantis.
The Startling Truth
Most bands don’t care about their fan’s political views and just appreciate them for being supportive. Hayley Williams, on the other hand, had a startling thing to say about her fans.
The singer used strong emotive language to describe what she thinks of her fans if they support a certain politician that she’s given her opinion about. It was controversial, to say the least.
Her decision to speak out against the politician was brave, to say the least. Since then, she has faced backlash from fans, especially with what she did to two fans that disagreed with her.
She has since apologized for the way she went about spreading her message. She said that using rage is only human, but what did she say about Ron DeSantis that had people shaken?
Battle Against “Anti-Woke”
Ron DeSantis has publicly shown where he stands when it comes to sensitive topics like LGBTQ+ rights and even abortion.
This is something that made Williams’ blood boil, and she’s on more than one occasion spoken about him midway through a concert. She completely embarrassed him publicly.
Hayley Williams is a brand name in most households after she co-founded the world-renowned rock band Paramore in 2004.
Since then, they’ve only picked up traction in their 19 years touring the globe. There’s no doubt the 34-year-old has seen a lot in her time, and now she’s had enough.
A Day Like Any Other
It’s not hard to imagine that you’re a Paramore fan, so imagine you’ve bought a ticket to see her show. But Williams has a surprise halfway through the concert that no one would be expecting.
It would happen on a day like any other. You excitedly head to the concert with some of your friends; you get your ticket stub back as you pass through security and find your place in the crowd. But things would change dramatically.
Something To Say
Williams does her thing, and the concert explodes with the cheers of thousands of fans. But halfway through, she does something no one asked her to but she feels she needs to address.
If you’ve done any research on Hayley Williams, you may know what’s coming. But for any fans that didn’t know her political views, they were in for a surprise.
Her Political Views
Let’s shed some more light on Williams’ and Paramore’s political views. We get that some fans don’t think it’s her place to make political statements.
But for better or for worse, she isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Anyone that’s been a long-time fan knows that she has always supported the LGBTQ+ community with open arms. Something others don’t.
Slamming Anti-LGBTQ Bills
With many congressmen deciding to pass anti-LGBTQ bills, Williams’ felt that she couldn’t keep her views silent anymore. She has decided that she’ll use her platform to help defend the colorful community.
She has shown that she’s ruthless when it comes to this topic, even speaking out against ex-bandmates that have shown anti-LGBTQ beliefs.
Fight For LGBTQ Rights
Williams, amongst other artists, has shown how willing they are to fight for LGBTQ rights by performing at a concert for the LGBTQ community in Tenessee.
This wasn’t the concert where she spoke out, probably feeling that the message was self-explanatory because of the nature of the event.
Let’s speak a bit about her arch-enemy – Ron DeSantis. Since 2019, Ron DeSantis has been the governor of Florida. He’s taken part in trying to restrict LGBTQ rights through signing bills.
These bills are something that has made Hayley Williams’ blood boil. But that’s only what started it all. He’s done something else more recently to anger certain communities.
Signing Anti-LGBTQ Bills
Ron DeSantis has signed a number of bills that all target the LGBTQ community. At a bill signing in Florida, he said, “We never did this through all of human history until, like, what, two weeks ago? Now this is something?” ”
He continued,” They’re having third-graders declare pronouns? We’re not doing the pronoun Olympics in Florida.”
What It Means
According to many LGBTQ activists, DeSantis’ words show that he lacks any kind of empathy or understanding about the sensitive topics he is denouncing. He is unaware of how they will truly affect the parties involved.
One such supporter that hates the bills he is signing is Haylway Williams. But that means that she decided to do something about it at a concert, even if it was directed at the wrong people.
Even Democratic state Sen. Shevrin Jones has commented on Desantis’ bills, “If he’s so confident in his policies, don’t go hiding behind signing the bills at a Christian school or place where you’re more prone to get praise for your bigotry. Do it out in the community. ”
It’s a sentiment that many share, including Hayley Williams. The political climate around the LGBTQ community has always been a little tempered, to say the least.
Back To Williams
Going Back to Williams and her views, Ron DeSantis has sparked more than enough controversy in the community to cause a lot of disruption.
Williams is just one of many LGBTQ activists that have been affected by the passing of numerous bills. But it’s what DeSantis is doing now that’s worrying her.
It seems that DeSantis isn’t going to settle with being the governor of Florida forever. He has his sights set much higher than that. As a politician, he wants to move up the political ladder to the very top.
These allegations have sparked controversy, and a lot of people are on edge – including Williams, who had something to say at one of her concerts.
With the 2024 elections right around the corner, political parties are scrambling to write and showcase their campaigns. That’s exactly what DeSantis is doing.
The speculations are that Ron DeSantis isn’t just going to sit in the spectator’s circle for the next election. He’s going to throw his hat in the ring to become the next president.
A lot of anti-LGBTQ people are willing to give DeSantis their full support, saying that his bills are a precursor of what’s to come. But Paramore’s singer and many in the pro-LGBTQ community are up in arms.
Hayley Williams certainly couldn’t stay quiet anymore. She had to voice her opinion to her fans, no matter what consequences it would have.
Back To The Concert
Moving back to the night of the concert, there were thousands of fans filling up every gap of available space. It was a merging of all sorts of different cultures.
Different people from all walks of life were present. The one thing they had in common was their musical taste, but they wouldn’t just get the music they wanted.
A Special Announcement
Most people would assume that they’d get to hear their favorite Paramore songs in front of the band themselves before heading home buzzing with excitement.
But they got more than just that. Hayley Williams was bursting at the seams with her political views. She needed to let her fans know what she was thinking, but would it be controversial?
Midway Through The Evening
Fans had been delighted by a few of Paramore’s greatest songs before Hayley decided to say something between songs – something not uncommon during a Paramore concert.
But Williams had something special to say that was weighing on her mind. But some people in the crowd took it the wrong way, and it would end badly for them.
Something To Say
A song had just ended, and the video online shows Williams talking politics, even though she’s never done so in the past. This had a less-than-desirable reaction from some fans.
It seems the singer can’t win, as she got negative reception in the past for giving none. But now, at least, everyone knows where she stands.
What She Thinks
With people saying she’s uncomfortable with politics, Williams thought the only way to solve this was to shed a little light on how she felt. She said the following at her show:
“I’ll be happy to tell you I’m very (expletive) comfortable talking politics — and if you vote for Ron Desantis, you’re (expletive) dead to me.” But this wasn’t the end of it.
Another incident at a Paramore concert arose when some of the concertgoers were more than a little rowdy. That’s when Williams reacted in full force.
Even though, at the time, the crowd applauded her for what she did, it seemed that it wouldn’t sit well with the singer. She got on with it and finished her set, but she would remember it.
The general consensus was that Williams had done the proper thing and acted quickly to get rid of the disruption from the night. But once she cooled off, she didn’t feel that way.
She reached out on social media and put forth a statement with her regret. It was something she didn’t have to do but decided to.
Williams said on the Paramore Discord channel, “My outsides were trying to maintain control of a situation I felt that myself and my bandmates were responsible for.”
She continued, “Without the opportunity for a proper back and forth (and with a looming, strict show curfew in the back of my mind), I bared my teeth like a mother wolf.”
The singer felt she was overprotective and didn’t have to be so harsh. It makes sense when she has to be aware of everyone and everything. But it wasn’t the only statement she gave.
This echoes the statement she made about how she addressed her fans when she showed her political views. She’s forward when it comes to emotional responses.
Responding With Hate
Hayley Williams has responded to many things, other music artists, and now political things. But she says her natural response will always be extreme because she’s human.
She wrote an open letter about the “you’re dead to me” comment on stage about any DeSantis fans. She wished that she had done it more politically.
“I hate that the only thing I really know to say to people I deem racist or bigoted in any way is ‘you’re dead to me’ when I know that message isn’t the kind that’s going to change a hateful heart. “How can I feel soft and tragic about it in one moment and ragey and rigid the next? Because that’s human.”
Williams isn’t perfect, just like any human, but the political climate will only grow more tense as the elections draw closer in the coming year.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.