It’s no secret that here at Don’t Bore Us, we’re big fans of Gerard Way, so we thought we’d recall some of his best quotes through the years.
As the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, Way has been a heroic figure to fans for a long time now. He’s a poet in his lyrics, sending messages of hope and acceptance. He dresses exactly the way he wants, not caring what if anyone judges him.
It was never an act to gain fame and success though. Whether it was in interviews with major magazines or interactions with fans, Way has been a source of inspiration whenever he’s spoken. He was the outcast kid who became a beacon for other outcasts.
With this in mind, we looked back at things Way has said in the past and found 5 of his most iconic and inspiring quotes to make your emo heart soar. Did we miss your favourite though?
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“The difference we wanna make is, number one, to let these kids know that they’re not alone, that they’re actually not that messed up and that they can do whatever they want. They can express themselves however they want without be persecuted or called a ‘faggot’ or some kind of racist thing.”
This quote came from The Black Parade period and really shows how much of a safe haven MCR were for the lonely and the outcasts. It also shows just how much Way genuinely cared about his fans. It wasn’t fake posturing to raise album sales – those were doing fine themselves – but he truly wanted people to feel less alone. It’s a worldview that’s informed his band to this day.
“Sometimes you have to kind of die inside in order to rise from your own ashes and believe in yourself and love yourself to become a new person.”
Taken from an interview with Teen Ink, this quote relates to Way’s well-documented battles with substance abuse. Anyone who’s struggled with addiction knows what a monumental effort it takes to beat it and Way alludes to that with his statement. Thankfully he managed to find a way out and is sober now.
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“If for one minute you think you’re better than a sixteen year old girl in a Green Day t-shirt, you are sorely mistaken. Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.”
Another one from the Teen Ink interview, after he was asked conflict between fans of MCR and Green Day, Way was welcomingly reticent to get involved in any spat. By invoking that instantaneous feeling that everyone experiences when falling in love with a band for the first time, he highlighted the supreme folly of all fights between bands and their fans. Yet another quote of community and acceptance.
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“I’d like to think that. I remember being at Warped Tour and seeing a lot of macho guys and saying: ‘If you’re a homophobe, if you’re a racist or sexist, please don’t watch us. There’s no point.’ And a lot of the big, gnarly dude-dudes would cheer. Because of music, my acceptance of it expanded. Getting into Bowie and [London] Suede. It helped me not feel so different.”
During a 2014 interview with The New York Times, Way starts by recalling his experience at the notoriously toxic Warped Tour before swerving into describing his artistic icons who inspired him to be himself in much the same way he subsequently did for MCR fans.
“Rock ‘n’ roll, to me, is about control. It’s about who has it, who loses it, who wants it, who is trying to take it. And there are parts of that [which] are beautiful, the fact that it’s about the loss of control. Then there are other sides where you kind of have to take it back. You have to say, ‘This is the way it’s going to be.’ You kind of reclaim your art and say, ‘No, I want this to stay special. This is how I’ll do it.’”
Again from 2014, this time with Fuse, Way expressed his feelings on rock ‘n’ roll and what it means. Given that the above comment came in the process of releasing his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, he was clearly emphasising that his solo venture was about seeing what he could do as a solo artist without the control and constraints of his comfortable MCR environment around him.