Ex-Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis clarifies stance on LGBTQ+ community
It's definitely been an interesting few days within the Paramore community. Last week, anti-LGBTQ+ comments from former member Josh Farro began circulating online. This eventually led to Hayley Williams releasing a statement denouncing his beliefs.
Now, former bassist Jeremy Davis is breaking his silence for one of the first times since his departure. In a new message, Davis clarifies his stance on the LGBTQ+ community and also responds to being grouped with Farro in Williams' statement.
Both Josh and Zac Farro left Paramore back in 2010. Paramore kept the specifics about the brothers’ decision to leave out of their official statement. However, Josh later shared in his own statement that they left due to the alleged control both Williams and her father had over the band.
Following the Farros’ departure, Paramore became a trio and they went on to release their self-titled album in 2013. However, Davis eventually left the group in 2015. His departure led to a legal case that was finally settled in 2017.
The post began to spread across social media and soon ended up in front of Williams. She took to Twitter to pen a pro-LGBTQ+ message while simultaneously confirming that past Paramore members have left due to conflicting belief systems.
Williams further says that if fans don’t accept Paramore’s support for the LGBTQ+ community, they can look elsewhere for music. She also gives a special shoutout to Brian O’Connor, the creative director of Good Dye Young.
Now, Jeremy Davis has spoken up about Williams' recent statement. On Nov. 2, he shared a lengthy message to his followers stating that he does not support Farro's anti-LGBTQ+ beliefs. As well, he was shocked to learn that he had been grouped with Farro in Williams' statement.
"It has been brought to my attention that a blanket statement was made about all of the ex-band members of Paramore," Davis says. "I'm devastated and shocked to have been included in that grouping as an ex-member of the band."
He goes on to say that he does not agree with Farro's stance against the LGBTQ+ community.
Davis' statement comes just days after Zac Farro spoke up about his brother's recent comments. In his own statement, Zac shares that he does not condone any actions that don’t show support for the Paramore and LGBTQ+ community.
“I want to say I love and support you all and have your back,” he says. “And most of all, stand with you. I do not condone any actions that do not love and support your community.”
Zac goes on to further explain some of the specifics that happened following his departure from Paramore ten years ago.
“When my brother and I left Paramore in 2010, there was a post about the band that I did not fully condone. My name was included on the post yes, but I had not been briefed on what the entirety of that message contained.”
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