Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Speaks Out Against Online Rape Threats
Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry took to her Instagram yesterday (April 22) to post a screenshot of a graphic and threatening Twitter message she received as one example of harassment she’s experienced on the Glaswegian synth-pop trio’s social media profiles. Mayberry used the message as an opportunity to speak out against verbal abuse and physical violence against women:
My band is lucky enough to have some of the most awesome, supportive and respectful fans in the world and we are so excited to be in the studio making an album to share with them. Yet, on a daily basis, we still receive communications like this. These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere. So bring it on, motherf---ers. Let’s see who blinks first.
Mayberry has been outspoken about online threats and misogyny in the past, as well. In 2013, she wrote a blog for the Guardian detailing her experience with harassment on social media:
What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from ‘a bit sexist but generally harmless’ to openly sexually aggressive. That it is something that ‘just happens.’ Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not. Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to ‘just deal with.’
The Scottish singer-songwriter concluded the blog writing that she hoped it would encourage readers to discuss the issues and “reject an acceptance of the status quo.”
Chvrches released their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, in 2013. They are currently working on a follow-up, which they hope will be “leaner” than its predecessor.
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