Brendon Urie Has a New Song – But Should you Listen?


MTV International

Brendon Urie, the lead singer of Panic! At The Disco, performing “High Hopes” at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Brendon Urie has had an undeniably successful music career that not even the dismantling of his band Panic! At the Disco could halt. As his song Viva Las Vengeance comes out, it’s important to remember the allegations against him and the weight they carry.

Following allegations against his friends in 2020, fans called on Urie to release a statement, getting “#BrendonUrieSpeakUp” trending on Twitter. But instead, several people came forward claiming Urie had assaulted them as minors. The first of these allegations was from a user going by “leah” on a now deleted Twitter account. Urie has also been videod making comments before a concert that make light of sexual assault, joking about it being attractive.

In addition, there is video proof of Urie lip syncing the n-slur in a 2013 vine and saying “I wish I was born black so I could wear the clothes I wear without getting made fun of.”

Recently, it may feel as if a sensitive crowd is on their way to “cancel” every artist you enjoy. But holding someone accountable for offensive words and actions in the past is trying to better them as a person. If you cannot understand what you did or why it was wrong, you cannot improve. That being said, there is a clear distinction between unknowingly offending with words and fondling an underage fan or claiming you wish to be another race.

As a celebrity, you hold power over people, and abusing that power for sexual favors or to make light of others based on their race is disgusting behavoir. When you listen to your music, be sure you know who you’re supporting with your money and streams.