The end of misery business

Rest In Peace, Misery Business

"I'm in the business of misery lets take it from the top!"


On September 7th, Paramore played their last show for the After Laughter era. An era that was too short but lived up to be everything we had hoped for and more. The After Laughter era made you want to dance uncontrollably or sob uncontrollably, there's no in between.

Like all good things, they come to an end; specifically the song 'Misery Business'––a Paramore staple. We could argue this was the breakthrough song for Paramore. So why would they ax it? Well, just like the entirety of this album, this era, they aren't the same band nor individuals they were circa 2007.

A particular line from the song they sang, " once a whore, you're nothing more, I'm sorry that'll never change," has been controversial the past few years. People have spoken out against the lead singer, Hayley Williams, for being a "bad feminist."

She has previously addressed that she wrote those lyrics as a seventeen-year-old and now as a twenty-six-year-old, she hasn't resonated with this line in years and neither have I. When Misery Business first came out, that derogatory term was used loosely and typically with malicious intent, sometimes used as a synonym for slut. I can honestly say as an individual who previously used that term loosely, I've reflected from that time and have grown to know better––like everyone else, nowadays.

As a long time Paramore fan, I respect the decision they have made. Although, I will admit I'm torn or better yet, "caught in the middle." Misery Business will always hold a special place in my heart for it's that nostalgic, head-banging angsty song I grew up listening to with all my friends, but at the same time I'm not that head-banging angsty teenager anymore and for those of you who've never been to a Paramore show, each show they typically choose one lucky individual from the crowd to sing along with the band for the final breakdown.

It's unimaginably a glorious experience––if you get picked; otherwise, it's just a sudden heartbreak or disappointment when you don't get picked. Now for those who were really, really hoping for that moment, it sucks.

I've attended quite a few Paramore shows and never have been picked but for me, I don't care. Would it be awesome to sing alongside my favorite band? Hell yeah. But am I going to let this moment define whether or not I had an amazing time at the concert? Hell no, because each show has been better than before and I know it will continue to be that way. Paramore is continuously striving to put on the best tours possible for their fans and I love and respect that about them.

Whether or not they decide to discontinue this part of their shows completely, if you're stumbling upon my article somehow Paramore, here are some alternatives I would love for you to choose an individual, like myself, to come up on stage and sing our hearts out with you:

1. 'Pressure' - All We Know Is Falling 

"Some things I'll never know and I had to let them go. I'm sitting all alone
feeling empty, I can––"

Who wouldn't want to sing their heart out to this classic song from All We Know Is Falling and dance their heart out during the breakdown?

2. 'CrushCrushCrush' - Riot!

"Rock and roll baby, don't you know that we're all alone now, I need something to sing about."

Imagine singing your heart on stage as the crowd screams the "HEY" part!

3. 'Playing God' - Brand New Eyes

"This is the last second chance (I'll point you to the mirror)
I'm half as good as it gets (I'll point you to the mirror)
I'm on both sides of the fence (I'll point you to the mirror)
Without a hint of regret, I'll hold you to it––"

An underrated song. Who wouldn't want to sing back and forth with Paramore themselves? Also, another great song to engage the crowd in!

'Ain't It Fun' - Self Titled 

"Don't go crying to your mama, 'cause you're on you're own, in the real world"

Something about the choir in the background makes me want to scream the lyrics at the top of my lungs.

'Hard Times' - After Laughter 

"Tell my friends I'm coming down, we'll kick it when I hit the ground––"

After Laughter, an era that we all resonate with at some point in our lives.

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10 Reasons Why Tom Holland Is The Definition Of Total Boyfriend Material

He's the adorable British dork of our dreams.


Tom Holland first stormed onto the scene as Spiderman in "Captain America: Civil War" in 2016, and we all loved his performance in the movie. However, now that time has gone on, there's another reason he's stolen all of our hearts: He's one hundred percent boyfriend material! He's absolutely adorable, is a complete dork without ever meaning to, and he loves all dogs. There are so many reasons Tom Holland is perfect boyfriend material, but here are ten of the most important reasons.

1. Let's start with the obvious: He's Spiderman.

What girl wouldn't want to date a superhero? Spiderman is one of the best superheroes ever so it would be amazing to date the actor who plays him. Also, if you didn't cry during Tom Holland's final performance in "Infinity War", you're lying.

2. He loves dogs.

Not only does he have a cute pit bull named Tessa, but he also seems to make friends with every dog he meets. It would be so wonderful to play with dogs with him!

3. He's always down for adventures.

One of the best parts of dating someone is getting to try new things and go on adventures with them. Since Tom travels the world all the time to promote his movies, you and he could maybe take time every now and then to try something new, like surfing!

4. He's that adorable British boyfriend you've always dreamt of.

Yes, celebrities like Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch have a more "suave Brit" personality about them, but Tom Holland is the "adorable Brit" every girl has ever dreamt of dating. He's pretty much cornered the market at this point.

5. He's just a really big dork.

I mean, just look at him! I don't think there would be anyone better to laugh or do dorky things with than Tom Holland.

6. He's got a great group of friends.

I don't know about you, but I would love to hang out with Zendaya and Jacob Balaton. All three of these guys just seem like perfect squad goals.

7. He truly loves and appreciates the people in his life.

Tom always shows his gratitude for every opportunity he's been given and never hesitates to support his co-stars. That, to me, is true friendship.

8. He's got a great sense of style.

That is one classy outfit right there. And the muscles are a great bonus.

9. He's well-traveled.

How awesome would it be to see the world with Tom as he goes on promotional tours? Think of all the cool things you could experience together!

10. He's a pure ray of sunshine who deserves the world.

Breaking News: Local Boy is a Literal Angel. He is the Brightest Ray of Sunshine.

So ladies, if you're looking for the perfect boyfriend, look no further than Tom Holland.

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7 Things We Should be Talking About Instead of James Charles

Not to sound like Shane Dawson, but did the government put them up to this publicity stunt?


If you're an avid YouTube watcher such as myself, I'm sure you're fully aware of the drama between James Charles and Tati. If you're not, it's really okay, and I'm super impressed with your ability to NOT become wrapped up in trending drama and gossip. Unfortunately, this argument that is BLOWING UP social media could not have come at a more inconvenient time. Young people are so distracted by this sugar fluff honey bear scandal that they aren't talking about real news that actually matters. I mean think about it, what other trending topic surfaced at the same time as this one? That's right-ABORTION! Our nation's most controversial topic that literally has to do with life and death is being overpowered by a conversation about sponsorships and apology videos. I may have been watching to many of Shane Dawson's conspiracy theories lately, but doesn't it seem like the populace should be talking about more pressing topics? Is this all a publicity stunt to divert our attention away from subjects that matter-such as the laws that literally weave the fabric of our nation? Not to be dramatic or anything, but I can think of 7 things off the top of my head that I'd rather hear people talk about than James Charles.

1. The abortion bills

I'm not one to encourage political arguments, but I'd much rather consider a well-thought out conversation about things that are changing our nation's history and possibly reversing Supreme Court decisions than millionaires with makeup. Women are being robbed of a life-altering choice and the nation is more worried about the "tea" about James and Tati? I don't think so.

2. India's water crisis

Because of drought and serious climate change, villages in Delhi, India don't see water for 10 days at a time. They need it for drinking, bathing, cooking, cleaning, and washing, so the few jugs they can fill up when a water truck comes has to be rationed over more than a week. Can you imagine using only one jug of water for 10 days? James Charles can save his ass and use his fortune to donate some water to India.

3. Climate change, and people not believing in it

More than one-eighth of ALL of Earth's species are at risk of extinction. Over a million animals, plants, corals, and insects are on that list. President Trump and his administration are not prioritzing the environment or the obvious effects of climate change-such as the California wildfires which he claimed started because the mountains "just need more raking and cleaning". Let's talk about ways we can be more sustainable in our everyday energy use instead of using technology and our own energy to talk shit online!

4. Bill Nye's inspiring comeback

If Bill Nye has to come so far out of retirement from the point we thought he was dead just to tell us we're f*cking up our planet, we must really be f*cking up our planet.

5. An extinct species of bird came back from the dead

Okay so we're talking about makeup moguls more than a literal LIVING ZOMBIE? The white-throated rail quite literally evolved and re-populated the island it once left behind. Science is crazy.

6. Taiwan was the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage

We love a good leader. Especially a ballsy one who gives people the rights they deserve despite an entire, large continent around them disagreeing.

7. Anything all

Talk to me about how paper is made or how our bodies break down enzymes or some shit. Let's watch paint dry and listen to classical music. All of these options bode a better result for our mental health as well as our society.

It infuriated me that shootings in schools close to home and terrorist attacks all across the world are more expected to pop up in the news than a teenage millionaire losing fans due to inappropriate behavior. What we expect from our media is incredibly reflective of our society, and I'm sad to say it's pretty embarrassing that the masses, including myself, know more about James Charles's career than the 2020 election or the explosions that injured tourists in Egypt.

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