Hayley Williams Tells Paramore Fans They’re ‘Dead’ to Her if They Vote for Ron DeSantis
Paramore singer Hayley Williams vehemently spoke out against conservative presidential candidate and current Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a concert in New Jersey last week (May 27), per fan-captured footage that subsequently spread across the internet.
DeSantis is a Republican whose political directives have made Florida particularly unsafe for people of color, LGBTQIA+ communities, those who speak with an accent and international travelers, according to a recent NAACP travel advisory. The politician announced his expected presidential bid last week.
That same week, at a festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Williams, a supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, indicated she harbors no discomfort in telling her fans exactly how she feels about DeSantis. See the video near the bottom of this post.
"I'll be happy to tell you I'm very fucking comfortable talking politics," Williams says, as ClutchPoints reported. "And if you vote for Ron DeSantis, you're fucking dead to me."
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The singer adds, "So, is that comfortable enough for anyone?"
Earlier this year, Williams took part in the "Love Rising" benefit concert in her native state of Tennessee, protesting legislation in the state that would restrict drag show performances. The March concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena also featured Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, Brittany Howard, Hozier and many more performers. Proceeds went to the Tennessee Equality Project and several other local pride organizations.
Paramore's latest, This Is Why, arrived in February. Shortly after its release, the long-running emo favorites shared their excitement in its success. In the album's first charting week, it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Alternative, Top Rock and Top Album Sales charts. It hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200, between efforts by SZA and Taylor Swift.
Paramore's Hayley Williams Speaks Against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis - May 27
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May 30 – New York, N.Y. @ MSG
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