Paramore singer Hayley Williams has championed the LGBTQ+ community and POCs in a heartwarming social media post. On 23 October, the Petals of Armor singer took to the band’s Instagram to reflect on their incredible journey and impact in the music scene. “To grow up in this scene was not a simple thing.
To be celebrating it (and to be celebrated by it) is not a simple thing. Nothin about this life – for you, me, or anyone – is simple,” Williams wrote ahead of the band’s When We Were Young performance. “We fell in love with this subset of post-punk and hardcore likely because nothing else moved us.
We didn’t fit in other places. To be a young girl in love with this scene was to have the hope that I might find my own way to belong. “It took years to find that belonging.
It’s taken a lot of unlearning. A lot of untangling knots I didn’t even know were there.” Williams went on to say that despite receiving initial pushback from the scene and “snarky punkzine’s reviews”, no one has ever “defined Paramore but Paramore.” “Nearly 20 years later, we find ourselves a pillar of the very scene that threatened to reject us.