Paramore’s Hayley Williams has responded to lewd comments she says NOFX’s Fat Mike made about her when she was a teenager.
Reflecting on Paramore’s co-headline performance for last year’s pop-punk When We Were festival, Williams opened up to Billboard about his band’s mixed feelings about returning to the emo scene.
The nostalgia-oriented Las Vegas festival was described as “an epic line-up of emo and rock bands from the past two decades,” but Williams said memories of emo’s heyday were skewed. “Everybody’s just trying to remember the good ol’ days, and I’m sitting there going, ‘They weren’t that good,'” he said.
“I was really surprised that I had so much anger because I was like, ‘Wait a minute. They’re treating us like prizes now, but Fat Mike used to tell people I gave a good rim job on stage when I was 19,'” he said.
“I don’t think that’s punk. I don’t think that’s the essence of punk,” he continued. “And I feel strongly that without young women, people of color and queer communities, I think we’d still be where we were.”
It was a sentiment that Williams also voiced on stage at When We’re Young, telling the crowd: “When Paramore came on the scene, roughly around 2005, the scene wasn’t always safe if you were different — if you were a young woman, If you were a person of color, if you were queer — and if you think about it, it got really bad. I get my fill of older people – especially older men – telling me what punk rock is and telling me what punk rock isn’t. Just today, there was a crusty old joke on the internet that punk was supposed to be anti-establishment. Well it is. And really, I can’t think of anything more anti-establishment than young women, people of color and queer communities.”
A representative for Fat Mike’s did not immediately respond diversityRequest for comments.