Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry is no stranger to speaking out against the misogyny she encounters as a musician in the public eye. She even wrote an excellent op-ed for The Guardian about it, and has often called out Internet “trolls.” She is a prominent voice in the fight against sexism in the music industry.
Unfortunately, the chances for her to speak out just keep popping up in the worst ways possible, even spreading to the release of the band’s new video for “Leave a Trace.”
The stunning new video features Mayberry performing the single on an atmospheric soundstage. Throughout the video, Mayberry has a few different looks, including wet hair and red lipstick in some shots. According to a chain on the 4chan community, dare we take anything from this website seriously, this slicked back hair, red lipstick look made her a slut, and thus, an open target for vulgar, objectifying, and downright rude comments.
Mayberry being Mayberry, she called attention to the thread when someone asked her to join in:
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Dear anyone who thinks misogyny isn't real. It is and this is what it looks like. <a href=”http://t.co/cLC97T8MxU”>http://t.co/cLC97T8MxU</a> <a href=”http://t.co/2bBZtw4yoL”>pic.twitter.com/2bBZtw4yoL</a></p>— Lauren Mayberry (@laurenevemay) <a href=”https://twitter.com/laurenevemay/status/633312877550694401″>August 17, 2015</a></blockquote> //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
She signed off with a Nashville quote and tune from Hayden Panettiere’s character:
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Signing off the internet for the day for some 🍷+📺 To the haters, have a bit of what she said: <a href=”http://t.co/JzW9ejYRfc”>http://t.co/JzW9ejYRfc</a>. Everyone else: ❤️💪🏻❤️</p>— Lauren Mayberry (@laurenevemay) <a href=”https://twitter.com/laurenevemay/status/633339047604305920″>August 17, 2015</a></blockquote> //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Of course, Mayberry’s band members also backed her up, retweeting her and adding:
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>PSA: apparently wet hair makes you a "slut". Nice work, 4chan / humanity. <a href=”https://t.co/66cch5WWeW”>https://t.co/66cch5WWeW</a></p>— CHVRCHΞS (@CHVRCHES) <a href=”https://twitter.com/CHVRCHES/status/633313651974402049″>August 17, 2015</a></blockquote> //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
They even posted the note on Facebook, prompting one person to respond with the question: “Is she gonna do this everytime she gets a shitty comment over the internet?”
And the band responded in the best way anyone from the UK can respond to anything: Polite Sarcasm.
“Bless your little cotton socks for thinking that the two times Lauren has posted about it previously is her posting about it ‘everytime’ it happens.”