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Miley Cyrus’ VMAs Performance's 'Race Aspects' Made Paramore's Hayley Williams Uncomfortable

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Paramore’s Hayley Williams has always been one to express herself, from her makeup to her music, and this week she spoke out on a fellow musician who she thinks may need to tone DOWN the self-expression:

Miley Cyrus!

Responding to Miley’s VMAs performance, Hayley said:

“It seems like more people are focusing on the trashiness or the dancing, the clothes. But I, actually, am uncomfortable with the racial aspect of it. I feel like she’s sort of taking a culture that isn’t really hers and sort of using it as an accessory, and that actually bothers me more…. I feel like maybe someone needs to go to her and sort of explain the race issue.”

Hayley, are you volunteering to disabuse Miley of her Ignorance? LOLz!

Hayley went on:

“I’m not going to be the artist that goes around throwing accusations that other artists are racist. I’m not gonna go there. I do think it’s a little insensitive, and it definitely seems as though there were black women onstage with her that…kinda felt like accessories more than anything else. I felt uncomfortable about that.

I think Miley’s a 20-year-old girl who’s going to experience, or try to experience, new things for the first time, and that does include partying and wearing certain things that people aren’t going to feel comfortable with, and that, to me, is the lesser of any of the evils. That part doesn’t make me as uncomfortable.”

Racist or sexist, desperate or pitchy, whatever you think of Miley’s performance, one thing is for sure:

We Can’t Stop talking about it! Not no one!

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

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46 comments to “Miley Cyrus’ VMAs Performance's 'Race Aspects' Made Paramore's Hayley Williams Uncomfortable”

  1. Randy says – reply to this


    Wtf she used the freakin albino look in her music video isn't that using it like she says as an accessory she's stupid

  2. liz says – reply to this



  3. Julie says – reply to this


    right because black women are not accessories in any male videos… seriously? If you're uncomfortable, don't watch, you really want to have that kind of conversation. Calm down people, it's MTV, it's the epitome of ridiculous.. Didn't Madonna hump a bridal veil one year??

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    I have no idea who Hayley Williams is, and don't care. There were no "racial" overtones to Cyrus's behavior. It was pure hillbilly trash. Classless. Tacky. Disrespectful to herself and others. If Hayley Williams needs to play the race card to get her ugly, pasty face some attention, she should be punched in the mouth. No well-bred white girl should pander to the darkies and the other liberal retards when race was clearly not an issue. If she's not going to be the artist to go down that road, then why did she open her mouth about it? Williams is clearly a hypocritical, attention-seeking moron.
    Re: Randy – Learn some fucking English. You're the last person who should call anyone out for being stupid, considering the fact that your written communication isn't even on the level of a second grader.

  5. 5

    Re: Randy – the look you are referring to was actually inspired by the character Leeloo in the movie The Fifth Element

  6. Lina_Bella says – reply to this


    SEARCH for Karmpus on Google… and try too see the familiar …. no wonder why Miley stick her tounge all out like that and the “fashion“ horns on her head……..

  7. 7

    Well the black folks getting paid don't give a shit. It's everyone else looking in that sees how messed up these kids are. Look at Bieber… He suddenly think he grew up in Queens.
    The people cashing the checks dont care. Everyone else that has any street cred or celebrity status will never call this out. As long as they are making money and somewhat relevant they will turn their head.

  8. Julie says – reply to this


    Re: The Truthinator – bahahahahahah Randy Burn!!!!

  9. B says – reply to this


    Raunchy? Yes. Racist? HELL NO. So what? She had black back up dancers. If all the dancers were white, you'd say she was a racist because there were no black dancers. Let me ask you this, if it is so racist, then how come all those black people on stage agreed to do it? Don't you think if they were offended, they would say, "No Miley this is racist, we are not gonna do this?"

  10. 10

    when you're low on talent you dress like a stripper and act like a $2 whore. i thought beyonce humping the stage was bad enough but miley that was just the pits.

  11. Doncha just know says – reply to this


    Re: The Truthinator – Wow. Did you have to take off your white hood and robe to type all that down?

  12. 12

    " feel like she’s sort of taking a culture that isn’t really hers and sort of using it as an accessory" that my friends is the definition of a wigger and a poser. Miley is not acting true to herself….she is acting out and being racey for attention. attention whorrrrreeeeee

  13. Snotsie says – reply to this


    She had to do something. She sure can't sing.

  14. 14

    Re: B – They probably would have taken a shit onstage just for the money and spot on tv alone.
    thats the point…

  15. SamFOO says – reply to this


    EW, Hayley Williams sucks I seriously want her to go crawl back into whatever hole she came from. Im sorry Miley's performance was a lot of things but racist is not one of them. There was no racial undertone, what an idiot to even say that. Way to make things so "black and white" pun intended. If anything now she sounds like a racist for saying that only black people can do what Miley did on stage. She sucks hard

  16. 16

    So Gwen Stefani's "Harajuku Girls" were okay? (May I add she mispronounced it horribly)

  17. 17

    Re: Lina_Bella – krampus… Not karmpus

  18. cymro says – reply to this


    So the same applies if a black person wants to use an orchestra? Or a black person wants to wear a suit or work with white people? Her comments are ridiculous and prove that racism seems to only work one way. The performance was lame (especially following the amazing work by Gaga), but it was not racist.

  19. MangaAiren says – reply to this


    Perez, if you have no new stories to talk about, stay with your son! sing him a song or show him one of those creepy vlogs you shell out, where you look like you`ve had WAYYY too much coffe and POWDERED SUGAR??!!

  20. 20

    Re: caritoff – lol so right. That made me giggle. Gwen was "accessorizing asians" ahahaha. This little girl should keep her mouth shut. Does she forget where jazz comes from also?, so what exactly Diana Krall and many other white artists since the 20s do… accessorize the black culture for their own benefit?. How ridiculous!. Does she forget all the white rappers from the early 90s?, were they accessorizing too?, does Fat Joe accessorize the blacks?, did Gaga accessorized Beyonce… or Beyonce used Gaga as an accessory?.
    Please Hayley… go back to accessorize yourself all that asian culture you have taken from and that just cause you dont have an asian hanging on you doesnt mean people didnt notice.

  21. 21

    Wow. I actually really like paramour's music, but I am sorely disappointed in these statements by Hayley. To me this makes HER come across as racist. Miley's album fits into a certain genre, and so of course her performance and everything is going to go along with that. Are only Black people allowed that genre of music? Is she trying to imply that a race can own a genre of music and/or dance? Are only other African Americans allowed to have black female backup dancers? If Miley isn't allowed to do these things just because she is white, then what things are blacks not allowed to do in Hayley's book? She should have simply kept her mouth shut. This was an odd statement for her to make and it raises more questions about her in my mind than it does about Miley Cyrus. I see no racism, and I think it's kind of a cop out for Hayley to cry racism but then say she doesn't want to be the artist that cries racism.

  22. LaLa says – reply to this


    The end of Paramore's newest album song called "Ain't It Fun" has a black choir ..

  23. ihateracist says – reply to this


    Funny thing is the ones who have commented on here are obviously WHITE! Look it was disrespectful as hell for her to walk by and slap (make a mockery) of that BLACK womans behind on NATIONAL TV! You are correct they got paid to dance and you are correct that I find nothing wrong with black people doing back up for white people but to compare all this to such quotes as: "Its like black people having and orchestra" or even more ignorant rants that I have heard up here you are sadly mistaken. No Miss Hayley is realistic and unlike you racist idiots she sees that as you said about the ORCHESTRAS some things are making a mockery of a different nationality. Maybe if you all take off your white hoods and stop trying to just look through those little eye wholes you will see that the undertones to her performance , although they may not have been intentional, were definitely racist. And yes I am a black woman who actually likes Miley Cyrus but this performance she took it too far. And before any of you racist idiots respond to this, know that I know a racist when I read one… whether you all want to admit it thats fine… I dont sleep with you at night so who cares but dont try to tell me that crap didnt have any racial undertones to it because it damn sure did. And to La La … Your point was????? LOL…. WAS THE BLACK CHOIR TWERKIN AND SLAPPIN ASSES! I DONT THINK SO… Stupid is as stupid does and you all sure are stupid!

  24. @v@ says – reply to this


    I've watched a thousand bands who have a trio or duo of black backup singers filling and lifting the vocal sound. Only in the last while has it sometimes been the other way around.
    This is nothing new. Touring groups see a need and they fill it. Hayley has a point, but ultimately music or rap shouldn't be about color. I noticed this, but if the dancers were dancers, then it should be about that, imo.

  25. Savanah says – reply to this


    Re: Lady Amalthea – Actually, Hayley was responding to the exact same thing you said in your comment, except about Miley. When making her new album, Miley said she wanted "We Can't Stop" to sound "black" and for the video to represent that as well. Her comments have actually been talked about on many sites. Those comments, along with her performances at the VMAs, are the basis behind Hayley's statement above.

  26. 26

    Re: ihateracist – So your saying it was racist because she slapped a black women's ass? Because that isn't racism, it's sexual exploitation. Which ALL men in the music industry get away with doing ALL the time, no matter the color of their skin or even the genre of music they are in. The two things are not synonymous. I don't see how her performance had anything to do with race at all. Just being white and doing those things doesn't make you racist. She didn't show any hatred for black people in her performance, or any superiority to blacks specifically. She showed herself being raunchy and sexual, along with some black dancers. That isn't racism.

  27. 27

    Re: Savanah – Do you know Hayley personally to know that Miley's comment had anything to do with it? because I heard Hayley's interview and it sounded to me that she was speaking directly about Miley's performance, and her use of black female dancers specifically. I don't see racism in that. I see raunchiness. If you really wanna go there then sexual exploitation of herself and her dancers. Her wordage when trying to find a sound for her song may have been poor, but still not racist.

  28. bob says – reply to this


    Re: The Truthinator – how dare you say that about hayley fuck you

  29. kkoest29 says – reply to this


    "I'm not going to be the artist that goes around throwing accusations that other artists are racist. I'm not gonna go there." - what a noble phrase to utter after you totally went there.

    The performance was a lot of things, but I don't see how it could be construed as racist or racial at all. But then again, we can't have an issue of controversy in this country without race getting thrown into it so at least it's coming from some little known pasty emo chick with a bad dye job. Also, who is Hayley Williams? Yeah, that's what I thought.

  30. boubou says – reply to this


    I THink that she is being rasist with her discourt SHE said RACE SHE IS THE ONE THAT POINTING THAT OUT . WHAT she said make no sense

  31. TWang says – reply to this


    Ok? that made no sense… Its entertainment!

  32. This1 says – reply to this


    lol I totally agree with Haley Williams. Miley Cyrus is a privileged white girl capitalizing on a culture she knows nothing about. Those of you that disagree are just manifestations of the white supremacist country we live in (your angry responses shed light on that). When Miley Cyrus goes through her "ratchet" phase, she makes millions–when Trayvon Martin goes through his phase he gets killed and branded a "thug". I can't expect any of you to see the distinction. You're all racist.

  33. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: This1 – Miley likes that music. She isn't the least bit racist. Hell, she's not even discerning. Trayvon didn't get killed going for a career on a stage with white dancers. Bad analogy.

  34. jules says – reply to this


    Re: ihateracist – I just wanted to thank you, I was reading the comments about Hayley's interview here and on another website and all I could think of was how little faith I have left in humanity when people can't see something as obvious as this, thank God your comment was here to give me hope again. I'm genuinely shocked about the way people are responding to this, still proud of Hayley for having the balls to point this out though.

  35. 35

    Why's that black bitch so huge?

  36. Luis says – reply to this


    Re: The Truthinator – you're a fucking idiot. the end.

  37. Luis says – reply to this


    Re: caritoff – Gwen Stefani/No Doubt recently got a lot of heat and had to pull a music video, because she was dressed as a Native American living in a Tepee. You know borrowing from a culture and portraying it in a stereotypical way to make some $$. so Gwen Stefani didn't get away with it either.

  38. VANAMO says – reply to this


    Haley, Annie Lennox wants her look back!

  39. 39

    Hey Hayley, Annie Lennox wants her look back! lol

  40. fjiskdlc says – reply to this


    Re: Randy – she didn't . she's pale. do you even know who hayley williams is

  41. Becca says – reply to this


    Okay so hayley thinks it's fine for her to talk about other people being trashy.. does she not remember the time her tits were on display on google images? hahahah

  42. 42

    Re: ihateracistRe: julesRe: This1 – Omg thank you ! I didn't even know if I should cry or laugh at all these dumb comments. These people are so fucked up they can't even see the truth in front of their eyes. Hayley is right, Miley is objectifying women AND using and disrespecting black culture. She's making money out of it and once she's done with it, she'll throw it away just like everything else. Oh, and just like Hayley I'm a white girl. Blonde, as well. (yeah, it just shows that we, people seen as "priviledged" and "biased", can actually think properly. Hayley is a real blonde) The only difference between us is that I'm european so I've been raised in a country where the black/white problem is not really present. I guess anyone who's not blinded by this trashy culture can see what's actually going on.
    Anyway, I've met Hayley and I can say she really the kind of person you would like to have as a close friend. She is kind, funny and not judgemental at all. You can talk to her about pretty much anything and you'll notice she is really smart. She may seem weird because of all those looks (in the videoclip Now she wasn't being an albino, she just inspired herself from The Fifth Element. She told that) Those comments she made just show all of you what an inteligent and good person she is.

  43. 43

    And people like you Re: bleahf – (seriously ? Asian culture ? Jeez, you definitely don't know who Hayley is), you Re: kkoest29 – and you Re: The Truthinator – (hm…Hayley Williams is known all over the world. Go to Brazil. Go to Venezuela. Go to Chile. Argentina. Puerto Rico. Peru. Colombia. UK. France. Portugal. Germany. Poland. Czech Republic. Belgium. Finland. Norway. Sweden. Netherlands. Australia. Philippines. Malaysia. Singapore. Indonesia. Japan. Morocco. Algeria. Afghanistan. Go to all these places and ask someone in the street who she is. They'll tell you.), you Re: SamFOO – and you Re: Lady Amalthea – … Dearies…just educate yourselves before talking, 'kay ?

  44. Aly says – reply to this


    Re: Randy – For comment about the albino thing (which was extremely stupid to say the least), albino means no pigment in skin, hair and eyes; last time I checked, she had colored hair in every music video except Brick by Boring Brick, where she still has pigment in her eyes, and blush on her cheeks. Don't make yourself sound uneducated. Pale isn't albino so your entire statement is invalid. Try again.

  45. Emilia says – reply to this


    Re: justasparkglowing – Thank you. Miley is literally using stereotypical black culture as a way to make herself feel accepted into the world of twerking, which she cannot do. Her actions are literally assuming black culture is all about thick black girls twerking. It's not. That is what Hayley is saying! Why are these people so stupid, their defensive arguments don't even make sense. Hayley is right. I have black friends who find what she's been doing offensive. Why??? Because it makes the black community look like that. Do they know how upsetting it is when people use the stereotypes for latinas and use them as a justification for what they're doing??? Respect races and cultures. They aren't accessories. And some people do get offended. And anyone arguing against that is probably just some 15 year teen who worships Miley as a godess who can do no wrong.

  46. Yumi says – reply to this


    Re: Becca – That comment would be valid if Hayley was judging her by her clothing choices, but sadly she's not. Henceforth, you have made yourself sound uneducated.