Chvrches Takes on 4Chan

The anonymous pranksters (and that’s putting in very mildly) who inhabit 4Chan have their own code of Internet justice, which is swift, merciless and weird. Take the case of Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches. Let’s start with the video that started everyone. See if you can spot the thing that caused a 4Chan thread to lose its shit. This comes from the band’s new album Every Open Eye, which is coming September 25.

Nothing too unusual, right? But for some reason, a vile 4Chan popped up calling singer Lauren Mayberry a “whore” and a “slut.” Was it because she took centre stage in the video? Is it the wet hair and red lipstick? Would any members of the thread have sex with her? (That was a point of discussion, which is made it more repulsive by the fact that Lauren regularly receives online threats of date rape.)

I don’t get it. What’s wrong with people?

Lauren isn’t taking this quietly. She’s fighting back against this hideous misogyny. If you want to go deeper in the story, go to Gigwise. I refuse to link to the tweets involved.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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