CHVRCHES lead singer Lauren Mayberry has spoken out about online misogyny again during an interview on Channel 4 in the UK.
Mayberry, who is 27, recently featured in the band’s new video for its single Leave A Trace, has received a torrent of sexual cyber abuse since that clip was released on music board 4chan. Mayberry was quick to react, and good on her.
The band’s official account followed up.
Here is the clip, in case you’re wondering what this is all about. It’s a song we’ve praised highly on this blog, too. And when you compare this clip to those of the likes of Nicki Minaj and others, it’s somewhat astonishing anything overtly sexual could be drawn from it.
Mayberry, though, is not shying away from the bullies, and is determined to bury them, which for a woman in her position is the only right thing to do. That said, it still takes a certain degree of bravery to do so, especially when some of these trolls are suggesting they know where she lives and will rape her given the opportunity.
That any woman should be expected to put up with this type of abuse is disgusting. As Mayberry states in the interview, were this to happen in person, and not on the Internet, serious charges could be laid and followed through, one would hope, with a criminal conviction for the perpetrators.
Anonymity on the Internet has long been a problem. It’s one that is difficult to solve, but only by speaking out against those using it as a shield for their pathetic rants will we see it fade. I pay huge respect to Lauren Mayberry for being so vocal about the problem. While a solution may seem far off, it’s comments such as hers that get us closer every day.
Mayberry and CHVRCHES has been highlighting this type of abuse for a few years now. Mayberry indeed wrote a piece on The Guardian on the topic in 2013, in which she re-published some of the sickening comments the band receives on a regular basis.
It’s tough to read, but with the fight well and truly taken up by Mayberry and others, such content will either be purged from the world wide web entirely, or those responsible will be weeded out and held to account.
Fight the good fight with her, and highlight any abuse online you see. You’ll feel good doing it. These arseholes should not be allowed to sleep comfortably at night thinking that their actions are normal or acceptable. They’re not.