Social media is a wonderful way to share your thoughts and adventures with the world, but it can also become a breeding ground of hatred and negativity. Many female pop musicians have experienced the online negativity, and Lauren Mayberry is the newest victim to speak out against the cruel comments. The lead singer of Chvrches posted a message on her social media accounts, including an image of a rape threat that she received from a fan as well as a message calling for the end of this online cruelty.
The photo that Mayberry shared on her Instagram account was an explicit rape threat received from a fellow social media user. She captioned the photo with a message thanking her fans for their support, but pointing out that she and the band still receive “communications like this.” She used the hatred as a lesson, claiming “these people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable.”
Although she recognized that the comments were hurtful, she promised to remain strong. “But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere” Mayberry promised before ending her statement with a challenge. “So bring it on, motherf**kers. Let’s see who blinks first.”
This is not the first time that Lauren Mayberry has taken a stand against the hateful comments that she and the rest of Chvrches receive. In 2013 the singer wrote an article that shared another vile message as well as a fan’s comment that urger her to grow a thicker skin and simply “deal with” the hatred. Mayberry’s inspiring response questioned why women or people in general should have to accept such foul objectification. “Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should ‘just have to deal with’,” she wrote. It seems as though Lauren Mayberry is trying to facilitate a conversation and create a safe place where everyone can be respected and treated well.
Chvrches is currently in the studio working on their second studio album, which will follow their 2013 debut The Bones of What You Believe. Martin Doherty, one of Mayberry’s band mates, claims that the album will take a “leaner” approach than their previous effort. He described a desire to “use fewer instruments but ultimately try and do more with them” before citing Michael Jackson and Prince as inspirations for their simplified sound. The band has also claimed that the album is “coming along nicely,” though they do not yet have a release date in mind.
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