My Chemical Romance fan Trisha Paytas defends “Helena” recreation
My Chemical Romance have a massive amount of fans. They're one of the biggest bands in the world and they just had one of the biggest reunions of all time. They've sold out most of their shows immediately and continue to keep fans on the edge of their seats. YouTube and internet personality Trisha Paytas is one of those fans.
Paytas made a video earlier this month that shot for shot recreated “Helena.” Apparently, Paytas received a ton of hate over it but has since doubled down on the MCR fandom.
We'll start at the top. We don't need to update you on My Chemical Romance because you already know everything. You know about all the teasers and Easter eggs behind their reunion. And about the locations of statues that played a role in the teasers. You know both "An Offering..." and A summoning..." like the back of your hand. Hell, you probably even know what shirt Ray Toro was wearing last Tuesday and what Frank Iero ate for breakfast if it was posted to social media.
So we'll start with Trish Paytas. In early February, Paytas dropped a video of her recreating "Helena" by My Chemical Romance. It wasn't long after that My Chemical Romance fans and just people, in general, started allegedly piling on the hate. It was so much in fact, that Paytas posted another video, solely of her reading DMs and hate mail she received about the video. We'll post a snippet of the video and the whole thing below.
The backlash that Paytas received ranged everywhere from her sexualizing the song and ignoring the other members of the band, to being a fake fan and capitalizing on their reunion.
“At first I thought it was just a little bit of hate and it would die down but holy shit you guys, this is a really big deal," Paytas says at the start of the hate video. "I've never got so much hate in my life.”
Paytas’ answer to her being a fake fan is that "this is [her] era." She says she's in her 30s and has done dance routines and performances about them for eons. "But even if I was a newfound fan, like I'm into them because they're reuniting or returning, why isn't the MCRmy like, welcoming people. I don’t understand that. Why am I getting rejected? Because I was controversial back in the day? I said a lot of stupid ignorant things when I was young. But, I don't get why I get so much hate.”
"I don't see how I'm making it sexual? What, because I'm a girl, I'm a female, I have a curvier body type than the girl in the video?"
Trisha goes on to say that she has a personal connection with "Helena" because it helped her through such a rough time in her life. Watch the full video below. Also, to be noted, Paytas says she has "tickets to seven cities of their tour." Seven.
Well, regardless of the hate, Paytas has definitely doubled down on the MCR fandom. She's posted even more videos and pictures of her dressing as Gerard and most recently, a video of her new Danger Days-Gerard Way look performing "Helena" in the streets. She posts photos of Gerard with no context and even a selfie of a pretty rad shirt. Check out some posts below.
My Chemical Romance are touring heavy in 2020. They hit the road for a European and later North American tour this year. Fans in the U.S will have a tougher time grabbing tickets because they sold out so quickly, but there are still opportunities to see the band at festivals such as Riot Fest and Download Festival in Australia and Japan.
Tickets for the concerts can be found here and a full list of dates is below.
03/20 – Melbourne, AU @ Melbourne Showgrounds (Download Melbourne)
03/21 – Sydney, AU @ Parramatta Park (Download Sydney)
03/25 – Western Springs, NZ @ The Outer Fields at Western Springs
03/28 – Osaka, JP @ INTEX Osaka
03/29 – Download Japan @ Makuhari Messe Event Hall
06/16 – Cornwall, UK @ Eden Project
06/18 – Milton Keynes, UK @Stadium MK (SOLD OUT)
06/20 – Milton Keynes, UK @ Stadium MK (SOLD OUT)
06/21 – Milton Keynes, UK @ Stadium MK (SOLD OUT)
06/23 – Dublin, IE @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham
07/01 – Sopron, HU @ Volt Festival
07/04 – Bologna, IT @ Sonic Park Fest
07/06 – Bonn, DE @ KUNST!RASEN
07/11 – Moscow, RU @ Gorky Park
09/09 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena (SOLD OUT)
09/11 – St Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center (SOLD OUT)
09/12 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/14 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena (SOLD OUT)
09/15 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden (SOLD OUT)
09/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center (SOLD OUT)
09/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center (SOLD OUT)
09/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
09/22 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center (SOLD OUT)
09/23 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center (SOLD OUT)
09/26 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center (SOLD OUT)
09/29 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center (SOLD OUT)
09/30 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center (SOLD OUT)
10/02 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center (SOLD OUT)
10/04 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome (SOLD OUT)
10/06 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)
10/10 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
10/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)
10/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)
10/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum (SOLD OUT)