Grace calls out the band for not using "an actual 'Trans' actor instead of Spider-Man."
Last week, Arcade Fire released a music video for their gay-rights anthem "We Exist," starring Andrew Garfield as a transgender woman who finds peace while rocking out on onstage with the band at Coachella. The video features "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" star shaving his head, donning a wig and dress, and delivering an elaborate dance sequence after surviving a scary situation at a bar.
The music video has earned raves across the blogosphere and 1.9 million YouTube views since its release, but one artist that's not too pleased with the clip is Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace, who posted this message to Twitter on Thursday (May 22):
Dear @arcadefire , maybe when making a video for a song called "We Exist" you should get an actual "Trans" actor instead of Spider-Man?
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) May 22, 2014
Grace is a transgender woman who has been candid about her gender dysphoria since publicly coming out in 2012. Earlier this year, Against Me! released its first album, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues," with Laura Jane Grace credited as its singer instead of her birth name, Tom Gabel.
Arcade Fire has not yet replied to Grace's tweet. The band's frontman, Win Butler, has described "We Exist" as a song about a son trying to tell his father that he's gay.