Paramore drummer Zac Farro pledged his support for LGBT+ people Thursday (October 29) after front woman Hayley Williams suggested former members left because the band opposes homophobia.
The 30-year-old uploaded a “letter to our LGBTQ+ fans” that appeared to be a veiled dig at his brother and Paramore’s former lead guitarist Josh Farro, who suffered a groundswell of backlash this week for allegedly making homophobic comments on Facebook.
In his first tweet in more than two months, Zac said: “I want to say I love and support you all and have your back, and most of all, stand with you.
“I do not condone any actions that do not love and support your community.”
It comes after Hayley took to Twitter Wednesday (October 28) to throw shade at the band’s former members and condemn their “religiously/politically dogmatic beliefs”.
She later retweeted Zac’s note, adding: “Zac Farro, everyone.”
Zac Farro: ‘I have a voice of my own and my voice stands with our band and our fans’.
Zac Farro, who quit Paramore in 2010 and returned to the band in 2016, addressed a blog post written by Josh Farro in 2010, in which the former guitarist and backing vocalist called the rock band a “manufactured product”.
“When my brother and I left Paramore in 2010, there was a post about the band that I did not fully condone,” Zac wrote.
“My name was included on the post, yes, But I had not been briefed on what the entirety of that message contained,” he continued.
“I am openly speaking about this now being not only the founding drummer of Paramore but also rejoining in 2016. I am saying that I have a voice of my own and my voice stands with our band and our fans, not with words including me in actions I do not agree with.”
“We all have our own voices and each powerful within themselves,” he concluded. “Let’s use this power for love and peace, not separation and exclusivity.”
While Zac did not explicitly name Josh in his message, his unwavering support for the queer community appeared to be a direct response to an alleged Facebook post by Josh.
The post showed Josh allegedly comparing homosexuality to “a perversion” and paedophilia, according to screenshots shared online.
not josh farro being openly homophobic to cap off 2020 pic.twitter.com/VuQ02ZDGSP
— issa phae (@mizphantasm) October 28, 2020
“We’re talking about sexual orientation [as] something we simply cannot change… AKA accepting paedophilia as normal,” the post read.
“This is a subtle tactic to brainwash people into a state of tolerance. Then from tolerance to acceptance. Acceptance to advocacy. No.”
Hayley Williams sharply and not-so-subtly made a dig at the resurfaced post, saying: “There’s a reason there are only 3 people left in Paramore.
“Surprise, haters, it ain’t cause of me. Paramore do not condone religiously/politically dogmatic beliefs which leave our LGBTQ+ friends, fans, & family feeling abandoned and hopeless.”
PinkNews has contacted representatives of Josh Farro for comment.