Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry last night appeared on Channel 4 news to discuss misogynistic internet trolls.
Earlier this month, Mayberry was at the centre of misogynistic comments following the release of the band’s ‘Leave a Trace’ video. “Dear anyone who thinks misogyny isn’t real. It is and this is what it looks like,” she said, linking to a forum.
Speaking to Cathy Newman, she discussed her experiences with receiving hateful comments.
“If you don’t like it, that’s fine. But there’s a difference between criticism and hatred. We’re lucky enough to have a certain audience for our band, but this happens all the time anyway, and I hate the idea that young girls who follow our band deal with stuff like that. I don’t want them to feel isolated, I don’t want them to feel like it is just happening to them, because it happens everywhere,” she said.
Asked about her experiences, she said: “Initially when we first started to become more visible, it did take a psychological toll. It’s the way the media represents you, what people say at shows… Somebody tweeted me the other day, ‘If you can’t learn to deal with this sort of shit, stick a gun in your mouth before the record even comes out. I have one and I’ll give it to you.’ Personally, that’s horrifying, if somebody put that through your door, you would go to the police with that.
“People say to us a lot, ‘How are you going to fix it?’ It’s scary in the idea of lawmakers coming in and deciding what is acceptable and what isn’t. It’s unrealistic to expect companies to do that. In my mind, there needs to be a shift in the cultural approach to women, and that will take time.”
Watch the interview below.
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