Movie Stars and Gossip
Chvrches star Lauren Mayberry has called for an end to online misogyny after becoming fed up with fans propositioning her via the internet.
The Scottish singer reveals she was bombarded with “inappropriate” and “openly vile” comments on the band’s social networking blogs after sharing another online user’s offer of sex, and one even told her to “learn to deal with” the dirty responses if she wanted to remain in the music industry.
However, Mayberry is refusing to stand for the abuse and she has opened up about her frustrations in a blog post for TheGuardian.com.
In the entry, she writes, “Why should women ‘deal’ with this? I am incredibly lucky to be doing the job I am doing at the moment – and painfully aware of the fact that I would not be able to make music for a living without people on the internet caring about our band. But does that mean that I need to accept that it’s OK for people to make comments like this, because that’s how women in my position are spoken to?
“Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to ‘just deal with’.”
The star goes on to reveal that the rude messages had reduced her to tears on more than one occasion while on tour earlier this year (13), but she’s no longer prepared to put up with it: “After all the sniffling had ceased, I asked myself: why should I cry about this? Why should I feel violated, uncomfortable and demeaned? Why should we all keep quiet?”
Mayberry hopes her candid blog will encourage people to “start a conversation” about the treatment of women in music and she is urging other musicians to “reject an acceptance of the status quo” so that fans can simply focus on the music.