It’s been a while since we’ve had someone in a pop punk band engage in problematic activity, but thankfully former Paramore guitarist Josh Farro is here to help solve that little pickle for us.
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It’s well known that Paramore are massive Christians but lead singer Hayley Williams has always been fairly vocal about her support for the LGBTQ+ community. Seems as though Farro may not follow this practice though after someone shared a Facebook post allegedly from his personal account where he compared homosexuality to pedophilia and described them both as perversions:
— DRAGONPSY ᵕ̈ (@werjustdreamers) October 29, 2020
Wow. There’s a lot to unpack there and I’m sure there could be some level of scientific/biological debate about it but one part that is definitely non negotiable is the guy saying that homosexuality is a perversion because that’s some 18th century/Russian rhetoric right there. Can’t believe the guy would openly post his opinions like that without expecting some kind of massive backlash and cancellation, but maybe it’s more important for him to share his view that homosexuality is a sin in his eyes. Christians I guess.
Anyway, it seems like it’s true and actually from Josh’s account because Hayley Williams moved quickly to condemn his words and implied that he was kicked out of the band because of his disgustingly dated and horrible views. Here’s what she had to say:
and ya know, if that doesn’t jive with you, well, feel free to go to where all past members of paramore have gone which is literally anywhere else but paramore.
to paramore’s LGBTQ+ family (and @ColormeBrian i am talkin straight to you) you are full of love and you are loved.
— hayley from Paramore 🌺 (@yelyahwilliams) October 28, 2020
Respect to the queen. You gotta say that Paramore have gone from strength to strength since Paramore’s departure whereas Farro doesn’t seem to have done anything except bash gay people on the internet and that’s kind of a perfect example of what you get when you let your heart win. Sorry.
Side note – Farro’s brother Zac is still playing drums in Paramore so that’s probably going to be an awkward Thanksgiving for the both of them.
For more of the same, check out when Paramore were involved in an internet blog war. That was a while ago.