Paramore Stops Selling ‘Say Their Names’ Poster After Receiving Backlash

The members of Paramore have been quite
active in the Black Lives Matter movement following George
Floyd’s death in May. Singer Hayley Williams has
marched alongside protestors and handed off her
Instagram account to a group of teenage activists, while
the band
donated $25,000 across three organizations that fight
for racial justice and against police brutality. However, one of
their calls to action was something that didn’t sit well with
fans.

After a fan recreated
Paramore’sRiot! album art to display names of police brutality
victims, the band printed it as a poster for purchase with proceeds
benefiting NAACP and Color of Change. Though well-intentioned, fans
were not pleased with the message it sent and responded to the
since-deleted Twitter announcement with concerns about the poster
being exploitative to the movement, while offering suggestions of
how the trio could better support BLM.

“we know your intentions weren’t bad but seeing the names of
black dead people due to police brutality hanging on a wall as some
sort of ‘art piece’ doesn’t sit right,†one fan wrote.
“you could hire black artists that do some amazing work to make
paramore merch and donate the moneyâ€

we know your intentions
weren’t bad but seeing the names of black dead people due to police
brutality hanging on a wall as some sort of “art piece” doesn’t sit
right. you could hire black artists that do some amazing work to
make paramore merch and donate the moneyParamore Stops Selling ‘Say Their Names’ Poster After
Receiving Backlash, Shop Ticket Snatchers

— mora Paramore Stops Selling ‘Say Their Names’ Poster After
Receiving Backlash, Shop Ticket Snatchers (@brickredroorn)
July 10, 2020

“I love you but this comes off very callous and weird. I’m
glad you’re donating proceeds but something about letting people
buy Paramore-esque style merch of victims of police brutality seems
very disconnected,†replied
another.

I love you but this comes off
very callous and weird. I’m glad you’re donating proceeds but
something about letting people buy Paramore-esque style merch of
victims of police brutality seems very disconnected.

— e (@coldethyI)
July 10, 2020

Paramore took the criticism to heart and removed the poster from
its merch store. Williams also addressed the situation on Twitter,
but has since deleted the tweets.

“Alright, I’m reading comments and we are going to take the
poster down,†Williams wrote (via AltPress).
“Last month, people seemed to love it when it got shared. And
truly, we wanted to signal boost it and create another small way to
help give to orgs who are fighting against racial inequalities and
injustices.â€

“That being said, it does no good if it causes more offense
than it honors the actual cause,†she continued. “This is no
slight to the fan who designed it. However, the last thing we, as
white people, should do in the midst of this is cause more
confusion and potential harm.â€

She then thanked fans for voicing their concerns. “Thank you
to fans who wrote me about this for calling it like they see
it,† she said. “Continuing to educate and have hard
conversations. To those who saw the poster and were triggered, I am
really sorry. We are passionate about this issue and will continue
to deepen our understanding.â€

Williams concluded her message with a loving sign off. “Man, I
love yall. I love seeing people educate and learn in comments
sections. Me included.â€

The members of Paramore have been quite
active in the Black Lives Matter movement following George
Floyd’s death in May. Singer Hayley Williams has
marched alongside protestors and handed off her
Instagram account to a group of teenage activists, while
the band donated $25,000 across three organizations that fight
for racial justice and against police brutality. However, one of
their calls to action was something that didn’t sit well with
fans.
After a fan recreated
Paramore’sRiot! album art to display names of police brutality
victims, the band printed it as a poster for purchase with proceeds
benefiting NAACP and Color of Change. Though well-intentioned, fans
were not pleased with the message it sent and responded to the
since-deleted Twitter announcement with concerns about the poster
being exploitative to the movement, while offering suggestions of
how the trio could better support BLM.
“we know your intentions weren’t bad but seeing the names of
black dead people due to police brutality hanging on a wall as some
sort of ‘art piece’ doesn’t sit right,†one fan wrote.
“you could hire black artists that do some amazing work to make
paramore merch and donate the moneyâ€

we know your intentions
weren’t bad but seeing the names of black dead people due to police
brutality hanging on a wall as some sort of “art piece” doesn’t sit
right. you could hire black artists that do some amazing work to
make paramore merch and donate the money
— mora (@brickredroorn)
July 10, 2020

“I love you but this comes off very callous and weird. I’m
glad you’re donating proceeds but something about letting people
buy Paramore-esque style merch of victims of police brutality seems
very disconnected,†replied
another.

I love you but this comes off
very callous and weird. I’m glad you’re donating proceeds but
something about letting people buy Paramore-esque style merch of
victims of police brutality seems very disconnected.
— e (@coldethyI)
July 10, 2020

Paramore took the criticism to heart and removed the poster from
its merch store. Williams also addressed the situation on Twitter,
but has since deleted the tweets.
“Alright, I’m reading comments and we are going to take the
poster down,†Williams wrote (via AltPress).
“Last month, people seemed to love it when it got shared. And
truly, we wanted to signal boost it and create another small way to
help give to orgs who are fighting against racial inequalities and
injustices.â€
“That being said, it does no good if it causes more offense
than it honors the actual cause,†she continued. “This is no
slight to the fan who designed it. However, the last thing we, as
white people, should do in the midst of this is cause more
confusion and potential harm.â€
She then thanked fans for voicing their concerns. “Thank you
to fans who wrote me about this for calling it like they see
it,† she said. “Continuing to educate and have hard
conversations. To those who saw the poster and were triggered, I am
really sorry. We are passionate about this issue and will continue
to deepen our understanding.â€
Williams concluded her message with a loving sign off. “Man, I
love yall. I love seeing people educate and learn in comments
sections. Me included.â€

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