Chvrches’ singer-songwriter Lauren Mayberry has been slut-shamed for the most absurd reason — because her hair was wet during the video for the band’s new track, “Leave A Trace.”
Mayberry took to Twitter earlier this week to expose the misogynistic online abuse she has received on a 4chan thread, which all started because of her appearance in the video.
Some of the comments on the thread refer to Mayberry as a “slut” and a “hypocrite,” make crude sexual references and grossly objectify her.
While many of the comments are too disgusting to post, two of the tamer remarks read: “I thought Lavren [sic] was pure, why did she agree to dress like a slut?” and “Feminists are always the biggest sluts.”
Mayberry’s fans have reacted in disgust and taken to Twitter to show their support for her.
@laurenevemay Thanks for brining up this issue. Sorry you have to deal with shit like this. :-/
— Sara Bang (@sara_bang) August 18, 2015
@laurenevemay It makes me sad that this happens, but admire you for standing up for yourself and females everywhere. You're inspiring.
— Ross Barber-Smith ⚡🥝 (@ElectricKiwi) August 18, 2015
@laurenevemay oh, what would life be like if people only said things they'd say to you in real life… 😔
— shelby (@shelbtron) August 17, 2015
— Freya (@freyziebell) August 17, 2015
@laurenevemay the fact that you are EXPECTED to put up with this as a female musician sickens me
— medium sized trans (@kk0sh) August 17, 2015
@laurenevemay ridiculous isn't it, lauren 🙁
— rsidney (@rdotsidney) August 17, 2015
Unfortunately Mayberry is far from the only woman — or man — to have been objectified or spoken to like this. Sexism has become so commonplace in society that women are often just expected to accept it and move on but, by calling out those responsible, the “We Sink” hitmaker is bringing awareness to the issue.
Perhaps Mayberry put it best herself during a 2013 interview with The Guardian, when she discussed how she is unwilling to accept online misogyny.
“It seems almost too obvious to ask, ‘Would you condone this behaviour if it was directed at your mother/sister/daughter/wife/girlfriend?’ but maybe going back to basics is what the trolls or 4chan addicts need. To learn a little empathy. To have a little respect for other people. To think before they speak,” she told the publication.
See the video that sparked the backlash below.
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