'Dear anyone who thinks misogyny isn't real. It is and this is what it looks like'
Alexandra Pollard

09:50 18th August 2015

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Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry has responded to a 4chan thread calling her, amongst many other names, a "slut" and a "whore" over the band's recent 'Leave A Trace' video.

The band released the video for 'Leave A Trace', the first single from their forthcoming second album Every Open Eye, yesterday (17 August). The video focuses more heavily on Mayberry than the other two members, and sees her standing, Jesus-like, atop a pool of water while multi-coloured storm clouds raise hell behind her.

Watch the video for 'Leave A Trace' below

 

Shortly after the video went online, a pretty vile 4chan thread was set up, accusing Mayberry of hypocrisy for taking centre-stage in the video, calling her a "whore" and a "slut" and discussing extensively whether they would have sex with her.

When Mayberry was, ludicrously, asked to join the discussion by a Twitter user, she tweeted, "Dear anyone who thinks misogyny isn't real. It is and this is what it looks like." 

The band's Twitter account then followed this up by tweeting, "PSA: apparently wet hair makes you a 'slut'. Nice work, 4chan / humanity." 

Back in 2013, the musician wrote a viral comment piece for The Guardian on the misogyny, both explicit and subtle, that she has encountered during her time in the music industry.

Earlier this year, she took a stand against the daily rape threats she receives online, saying, "Women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear."

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