If you’ve been following the ongoing saga of Josh and Zac Farro’s departure from Paramore, then you know that yesterday, the remaining members of the band – lead singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York – had an interview special on MTV yesterday in which they gave their reactions to an earlier statement by Josh Farro released on his blog. The interview didn’t have much substance, to be frank, but the blog post spoke of turbulent times in Paramore’s history.

Farro’s statement was clearly bitter. It called Paramore the “manufactured product of a major label” and asserted that the band was simply a star vehicle for Williams. Over the past seven years, there had been constant tension within the band. The statement made a big deal out of the fact that Williams was the only band member with her name on a recording contract.

To all of that, I say, “So what?” If Paramore is on a major label, what does it matter? As long as they’re making good music, who cares what kind of label they’re signed to? As for Paramore essentially being operated as a Hayley Williams solo project, I don’t buy it. Of course lead singers get the most media attention. That’s not Williams’ fault. Moreover, if Williams was the only one with a contract, wasn’t she doing the Farro brothers a service by asking them to play in a band with her and insisting that Paramore be marketed as a band and not a solo act? In that case, the Farro brothers benefited from Williams’ contract for seven years before getting the balls to quit. They don’t get points for suffering in silence. Overall, the statement sounded like pure butthurt to me.

In response to the statement, Paramore gave an interview to MTV. Was such an interview even necessary? Why would anybody care? Simple. Paramore is a Christian rock band with a squeaky clean image (Twitpic scandal aside). When there’s trouble, and the usual suspects – booze, drugs, sex – aren’t present, then people ask questions. So, in order to clear the air, Paramore did the right thing and gave the interview. They didn’t say much. Heck, they weren’t even out to contradict Farro’s statement. If you wanted to count the number of times that they essentially said, “That’s true, but it’s irrelevant,” you could make a drinking game out of it. That’s on-camera diplomacy, folks: say very few things with a lot of words.

In the end, even if most of what Farro said is true and most of what the remaining members of Paramore said is false, Williams, York, and Davis still come off looking like the better party. They took the high road instead of slinging mud. It is true that there are two sides to every story and that most of the personal issues surrounding the Farro brothers’ departure will probably never come to light. However, whining about unequal recognition despite immense success is just petty. Josh Farro could stand to use a little diplomacy the next time he feels butthurt.

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