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Chvrches Frontwoman Speaks Out Against Sexist Trolling


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This week has seen an avalanche of music-related outlets taking on the subject of sexism in the industry, including Pitchfork editor Jessica Hopper’s Twitter round-up and our own conversation between feminist DJ-activists Electric Indigo and Umfang. Last night, Lauren Mayberry, the vocalist for electro-pop unit Chvrches, addressed misogynistic trolling on Channel 4 news. Mayberry reportedly found herself in a hailstorm of abusive rhetoric 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 fired back, linking to a forum.

“There’s a difference between criticism and hatred,” she told Cathy Newman. “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… In my mind, there needs to be a shift in the cultural approach to women.” Watch the full interview here.