CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry Responds To Misogynistic Internet Trolls & Her Statement Is Inspiring
This is simply inspiring: In response to a sickening rape threat directed at her online, the lead singer of the Scottish indie band CHVRCHES, Lauren Mayberry, has spoken out against the misogyny she — and, sadly, other female artists — often experience once in the public eye. The singer, who has frequently spoken out against online abuse in the past, as well as said that she refuses to accept misogyny, dropped the mic on sexist trolls like never before, and it was simply amazing. According to the Daily Dot, Mayberry shared her statement on Wednesday, on both Instagram and Twitter.
In her message, Mayberry shared a sickeningly and horrifyingly graphic rape threat she'd received — which, as the Daily Dot reports, is the kind of disturbing, abusive communication Mayberry "routinely" receives from anonymous individuals. Along with sharing the message, Mayberry captioned the photo with badass statement of her own that completely shuts down anonymous Internet trolls:
"My band is lucky enough to have some of the most awesome, supportive and respectful fans in the world and we are so excited to be in the studio making an album to share with them. Yet, on a daily basis, we still receive communications like this. These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere. So bring it on, motherfuckers. Let's see who blinks first."
Go, girl! That is mic drop status.
This isn't the first time that Mayberry has spoken out about the Internet-based abuse that female artists often receive from Internet trolls. Back in 2013, Mayberry wrote for The Guardian , "Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat?[...]Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to 'just deal with.'" She added, "My hopes are that if anything good comes out of this, it will start a conversation, or continue the conversation which is already happening, encouraging others to reject an acceptance of the status quo."
Reportedly, Mayberry's fans have been supportive of her move to publicly shut down her abusers, and rightfully so — it's a brave move that deserves to be applauded, and will hopefully start a much-needed conversation about how female artists are often treated online.