Paramore recently released a statement in response to the Club Q shooting last weekend.
“The hatred and the prejudice against any marginalized group is historically political,” the group wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.
Five people were killed and 17 others were wounded in a shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs last Saturday.
Anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric is hatred, be it in policy or a locker room conversation, in the opinion of the rock band, consisting of lead singer Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and drummer Zac Farro.
“Politicians and other powerful people have a choice. Just like walking into a nightclub full of human beings and taking their life was a choice in favor of hatred. If you spew hatred and it echoes, expect an infinite amount of potential outcomes. Including people coming to the conclusion that maybe it’s time to start holding people accountable for the way they use their power to divide and normalise hatred,” the statement added.
A number of artists, including Wayne Brady, Kim Petras and Dove Cameron, have spoken out against gun violence and prejudice in the wake of the deadly shooting in Colorado Springs.
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