Paramore front woman Hayley Williams has issued a pro-LGBTQ+ statement after ex-band member Josh Farro allegedly posted a homophobic tirade on Facebook.
The 31-year-old went on Twitter to express her zero tolerance policy towards homophobia in her band and suggested that this was the reason why there were only three band members left.
“There is a reason why there are only 3 people left in @paramore. Surprise, hate, it’s not because of me,” Williams twittered on Wednesday. “paramore does not tolerate religious/political dogmatic beliefs that make our LGBTQ+ friends, fans and family feel abandoned and hopeless.
Farro, former guitarist and founding member of Paramore, left the band in 2010 to pursue a solo career. His brother Zac Farro also left the band at the same time but rejoined in 2017.
There is a reason for the fact that there are only 3 people left in @paramore. Surprise, hater, it is not because of me.
paramore does not tolerate religious/political dogmatic beliefs that leave our LGBTQ friends, fans and family feeling abandoned and hopeless.
– hayley from Paramore ðº (@yelyahwilliams) October 28, 2020
Currently the remaining band members are Williams, Zac Farro and Taylor York.
Although Williams did not address Farro directly in their contribution, there were rumors that he shared homophobic views in the past.
A Facebook post allegedly written by Farro, in which he describes homosexuality as “perversion” and compares it to pedophilia, has been published.
Williams’ statement was continued: “and you know, if you don’t like it, feel free to go where all former members of paramore have gone, which is literally somewhere else than paramore”.
She added: “In the LGBTQ+ family of paramore (and @ColormeBrian, I am talking directly to you) you are full of love and you are loved.
Farro’s departure from the band became uncomfortable at a time in 2010 when he released a statement about the stop quoting Williams and the controlling behavior of the label.
Williams has received a wave of support from fans who thank her for taking a stand against homophobia.
One fan replied: “Gay people make up a HIGH proportion of Pmore fans. I met my girlfriend and some of my best friends in the world through touring and Parahoy. Thank you very much for supporting your LGBTQ+ fan base”.
Gay people make up a HIGH percentage of Pmore fans. I met my girlfriend and some of my best friends in the world through touring and Parahoy. Thank you very much for supporting your LGBTQ fan community.
– Bethania ð¬ (@Mushroom animals) October 28, 2020
While another added: “Normalize the dragging of your former band members if they are homophobic”.
Normalize the dragging of your former band members if they are homophobic ðâ¤
– ð¡¡ðº Citrus fruits and cinnamon ðºð¤ (@Jazz flower) October 28, 2020
Another fan wrote: “Things that we have finally completed in 2020: If Hayley goes in the opposite direction to someone else, go with her. She knows it.”
Things we finally concluded in 2020: If Hayley goes in the opposite direction to someone, go with her. She knows it. https://t.co/9GIVpRLdKu
– Emma Blackery (@emmablackery) October 29, 2020
“That’s why Paramore is my favorite band. I am proud to say that this person is my idol here,” wrote another.
That’s why paramore is my favorite band. I’m proud to say that this person here is my idol,” wrote another. https://t.co/sa7UwiKkqB
– Jermbeats voted Hayley for presidentâ¨ (@petals4hayley_) October 29, 2020
Williams recently announced a new acoustic EP entitled “Petals for Armor: Self-Serenades”, which is scheduled for release on December 18, 2020.