Hayley Williams Slams NOFX's Fat Mike's Sexual Comments

Hayley Williams Slams NOFX’s Fat Mike’s Sexual Comments

Paramore’s Hayley Williams has responded to vulgar comments she says NOFX’s Fat Mike made about her when she was just a teenager.

Reflecting on Paramore’s joint performance at last year’s pop-punk festival When We Were Young, Williams spoke to Billboard about the mixed feelings he had regarding his band’s return to the emo scene.

The nostalgia-based Las Vegas festival was described as “an epic lineup of emo and rock bands from the last two decades,” but Williams said his memories of the emo heyday were skewed. “Everybody’s trying to remember better days, and I’m sitting there like, ‘They weren’t much better,’” she said.

“I was really surprised that I had so much anger in me because I was like, ‘Wait a minute. Now they treat us like a prize, but like, Fat Mike used to tell people that he did good rimming on stage when he was 19 years old,’” he said.

“I don’t think that’s punk. I don’t think that’s the essence of punk,” he continued. “And I strongly believe that without young women, people of color, and also the queer community, I think we would still be where we were then.”

This was a sentiment Williams also expressed onstage at When We Were Young, telling the crowd: “When Paramore came on the scene, roughly around 2005, the scene wasn’t always a safe place to be if you were different, if you were a young man. woman, if you were a person of color, if you were queer, and that’s really fucked up if you think about it. I’ve had enough of letting older people, especially older men, tell me what punk rock is and what punk rock isn’t. Just today, there was a grumpy old man on the internet saying that punk was supposed to be against the establishment. Well it is. And in fact, I can’t think of anything more anti-establishment than young women, than people of color and the queer community.”

A representative for Fat Mike did not immediately respond to Varietyrequest for comments.

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