Panic! At The Disco wants you to stop pretending it’s hard to use gender-neutral pronouns
Emo pop band Panic! At The Disco wants you to use gender-neutral pronouns.
The group, a favourite of all angsty ’00s-era teenagers, has given its approval to a tweet which threw shade both at the band and people who say it’s too difficult to use ‘they’ or ‘them’ when referring to an individual.
The excellent post, composed by Entertainment Weekly correspondent and author Dana Schwartz, said: “stop pretending like it’s at ALL hard to use to ‘they/them’ pronouns when we’ve all agreed to call Brendon Urie ‘Panic! at the Disco’ even though we know it’s just him.”
Although he is joined on tours by guitarist Kenneth Harris, drummer Dan Pawlovich and bassist Nicole Row, Urie is the only official member of the band.
He has been regularly made fun of for this fact.
But Urie took the ribbing in a good-natured fashion, responding by quote-tweeting the post and writing above it: “This tweet is Panic! At The Disco approved .”
The tweet went viral, attracting more than 130,000 likes and retweets.
It’s not his – or the band’s – first time supporting LGBT rights.
In 2014, the US singer hit back at Westboro Baptist Church for recording a parody of one of his songs and picketing his show.
The anti-gay church released a cover of the song “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” titled “You Love Sin What A Tragedy.”
Lyrics to the homophobic song included: “Oh! You all say / It’s okay to be gay / Because practically fag marriage will stay / Well this calls for some truth / You’re all insane, fags are profane.”
In response, Urie pledged to donate $20 to LGBT charity Human Rights Campaign for every person who picketed his concert in Kansas City, Missouri.
Just 13 protestors from the church showed up, resulting in a $160 donation – but Urie rounded this up.
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