Lauren Mayberry might be the lead singer of popular indie rock band Chvrches, but that hasn’t made her immune from the types of threats that women on the Internet get all the time.
She also shared it on Twitter, reiterating the message and showing she wasn’t afraid to stand up against the faceless person.
This isn’t the first time she publicly shared inappropriate correspondence to show what types of messages she routinely receives. A Facebook post from 2013 shows one of the more “polite” messages.
In a post on the Guardian that year, she explained the reactions to the post and wrote about what it’s like to be in a band that “was born on the internet.”
After making the post, I sat back and watched with an increasingly open mouth as more and more people commented on the statement. At the time of writing, Facebook stats tell me that the post had reached 581,376 people, over five times the number of people who subscribe to the page itself, with almost 1,000 comments underneath the image. Comments range from the disgusted and supportive to the offensively vile. My current favourites from the latter category include:
“This isn’t rape culture. You’ll know rape culture when I’m raping you, bitch”
“I have your address and I will come round to your house and give u anal and you will love it you twat lol”
“Act like a slut, getting treated like a sluy [sic]”
“It’s just one of those things you’ll need to learn to deal with. If you’re easily offended, then maybe the music industry isn’t for you”
But unlike her first negative experience with online feedback, this time around Twitter users and fans have been overwhelmingly supportive of the 27-year-old singer. Most are in disbelief that a person could possibly write such a thing.
If you use the Internet every day, it’s sadly not that hard to believe.