No More Paramore Concerts for Me Until Haley Williams Stops Hurting Preborn Humans  

Caroline Wharton - 12 Jun 2023
Guest post by SFLA National Events Coordinator Hannah Wolfe

GUEST POST: Ever since my “emo” teen phase, I’ve loved the band Paramore’s music. In college, I spent a lot of time exploring my own style which was modeled quite heavily off of Paramore’s lead vocalist and keyboardist Haley Williams. I emulated her clothing, tried my best to sing like her, and used bright neon hair dye from her hair color brand, Good Dye Young. I even used a Paramore song during my collegiate music studies because I was so moved by the lyrics and the artistry in the melody.

As a pro-life activist, however, I was incredibly saddened to see an image of Williams wearing a t-shirt at her own concert with the words ‘Abort the Supreme Court’ displayed in giant block letters. I was even further disappointed to see a video of her stating that anybody who voted for Republican presidential candidate and current Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was “f*cking dead” to her. 

While I’m not pledging my vote to any candidate until there is more knowledge of how they will protect the preborn while in office, I do find it upsetting to think that an artist would no longer appreciate my support based on my political views. Aside from the fact that she disregards human life with the belief that preborn children do not have the right to live, she also disregards any value of the adult humans who have grown up with her music and supported her for many years. 

The shocking video comes after a previous pledge in 2022, where Williams promised a $1 donation from every single ticket sale in her fall tour to multiple pro-abortion organizations. This was stated in an Instagram post following the reversal of Roe v. Wade. It’s clear in not only her speech and apparel but also in her own finances where she places value. Instead of advocating for real resources to help women in difficult situations, she’s chosen to uphold the misogynist view that it’s impossible for a woman to succeed without being able to end the life of her own child.

I hope and pray that Williams will change her mind and see the abortion industry’s lies for what they truly are. I choose as a fan to stop supporting her concerts as long as I know where those funds are going. As much as it hurts to see someone I looked up to being so outspoken with a harmful views, I will continue on with the most important mission of ending abortion. 

Especially in this last year, it has become clearer to me than ever that the fight to end abortion is a culture war in which we must make abortion completely unthinkable. And even though Williams believes I’m on a side that’s controlling and evil, I know (and the Pro-Life Generation knows) that we are in the fight that’s going to end a human rights injustice that should have never existed in the first place. 

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