CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry Responds to 4Chan Misogynistic Comment

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Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches performs onstage during the Pemberton Music Festival on July 19, 2015 in Pemberton, Canada.

On 4chan, anything goes and "anonymous" is the most popular username.

The site -- which posts pictures and allows (better yet, encourages) anonymous posts -- housed an image of CHVRCHES frontwoman Lauren Mayberry from the group's new video for "Leave a Trace." One commenter, the first on the page, took it too far in a post that read, "Gonna jack off to this later thanks." It wasn't long before this was discovered by Mayberry herself, who seized the opportunity to highlight the prevailing misogyny in popular culture and the nonchalance with which it's used.

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"Dear anyone who thinks misogyny isn’t real. It is and this is what it looks like,” she tweeted. Yet, the commentary didn't stop at Mayberry. The official CHVRCHES twitter page also shared some words on the subject. "PSA: apparently wet hair makes you a ‘slut.’ Nice work, 4chan / humanity.”

The CHVRCHES crew made a point to capitalize on the issue by using this anonymous, one-sentence example that could have easily been overlooked. Sadly, this incident is no new phenomenon. In fact, Mayberry wrote an article to The Guardian in 2013 on what she calls a "barrage of sexually explicit abuse" female musicians are "expected to put up with." Read more of Mayberry's thoughts in the article here


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