Chvrches are one of the hotter bands in the UK right now, and as singer Lauren Mayberry notes in a Guardian opinion piece the band was “born on the internet”, with a lot of its buzz drivenn by bloggers and social media. But her article is about the ugly downside of that web fame: trolls. After Mayberry posted a screengrab of an inappropriate fan message, she had a barrage of even worse responses, including rape threats. “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,” writes Mayberry. “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?… Why should I cry about this? Why should I feel violated, uncomfortable and demeaned? Why should we all keep quiet?” We’re glad she didn’t.

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