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UPDATE: 10 a.m. ET — Following an influx of hate mail and death threats from Chris Brown supporters targeted towards Chvrches, the band has reportedly decided to increase security levels at its shows.
Singer Lauren Mayberry, revealed her concerns of safety on Monday while detailing the gruesome threats over social media.
“I am not staying in my own home when we finish tour because the threats we have received have reached such a scale,” she wrote on Twitter.
“We have to have the police at our shows now,” added Mayberry, 31. “If that’s what I deserve for saying mainstream music should be more morally conscious, then so be it.”
I am not staying in my own home when we finish tour because the threats we have received have reached such a scale. We have to have the police at our shows now. If that’s what I deserve for saying mainstream music should be more morally conscious, then so be it. You’re right.
— Lauren Mayberry (@laurenevemay) April 29, 2019
Over the weekend, she posted a screenshot of one of the threats made towards her on Instagram. It read: “I hope Tyga rapes you, then Chris Brown beats the s**t out of you, then R. Kelly comes and p**ses on your white a**.”
During Chvrches’ set at Fortress Festival in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, Mayberry claimed to the audience that the over-the-top threats made by Brown’s supporters prove what kind of a person he is.
“We were like, ‘Maybe don’t promote serial-convicted violence to kids… to young people,'” she said. “And they were like, ‘Well, you know what we’re going to do? We’re going to rape you and shoot you.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, you kinda proved the point though.’ So, in a way, I’m like, ‘Thanks.'”
The singer added that Chvrches spoke out against Marshmello because he went against their morals by working with alleged sexual abusers. “Chvrches is a brand that people can buy into,” she said. “It has to be honest and it has to be authentic.”
“We would be really hypocritical if we worked with somebody and didn’t say anything about what they did,” concluded Mayberry.
The Leave a Trace hitmakers — who collaborated with Marshmello, 26, on Here with Me in March — posted a message to Instagram expressing their disappointment with Marshmello after partnering up with the hip-hop stars.
“We are really upset, confused and disappointed by Marshmello’s choice to work with Tyga and Chris Brown,” wrote the group last Thursday.
Both musicians have been accused of sexual misconduct on numerous occasions.
“We like and respect Mello as a person, but working with people who are predators and abusers enables, excuses and ultimately tacitly endorses that behaviour. That is not something we can or will stand behind,” the band continued.
Shortly after, Brown leaped to defend himself by replying to the post with a lengthy comment comparing the band’s success to his own.
“Bunch of losers,” he began. “These are the type of people I wish walked in front of a speeding bus full of mental patients.”
“Keep groveling over you own insecurities and hatred,” he added. “Im black and proud. And I know its hurts that u guys are struggling wit life or peace so u are forced to see my success.
“You aren’t even #2 (remember, 2nd place only means you lost first),” he wrote. “Ta-ta. Goodday, peasants.”
Tyga, 29, also responded.
“Where all God’s children,” he wrote. “Everyone makes mistakes. No one’s perfect. Let’s keep the energy positive.”
The energy was not kept positive, however — at least for Chrvches’ leading lady, Lauren Mayberry.
Mayberry, 31, was targeted online by a large number of Brown’s fans. She later posted a number of screenshots of verbally abusive messages she had received through Instagram.
“Learn to keep Chris Brown’s name out of your gutter trailer trash a** mouth, stupid racist white b***h,” read a portion of one of the hateful messages.
“The last ‘b***h’ really helped get the point across,” Mayberry wrote sarcastically in her screenshot.
“Angry men on the internet can call me all the names they want,” she continued. “I still think domestic abuse is wrong. Peace out, internet. Tomorrow is a brand-new day.”
As a result of his collaboration with Brown and Tyga, Marshmello is under fire from thousands of his dedicated fans over social media.
Many of those individuals have also defended Chvrches, ultimately questioning why the DJ would choose to work with alleged abusers.
Here’s what some Twitter users had to say:
Very discouraging to see yet another big artist work with Chris Brown. The constant, shameless support of this repeated, violent abuser is so completely shameful, and these collaborations will undoubtedly look very bad on an artist's legacy. Come on, Marshmello. https://t.co/K4QCfCCVQ4
— Gus Dunder Mifflin Johnson (@Gusbuckets) April 27, 2019
Yikessss marshmello working with chris brown…
Seems to me that money matters more to the guy and his team, working with an abuser seems to be okay with them
— Detroit EDM Family (@DetroitEDMFam) April 25, 2019
To collaborate with Chris Brown and Tyga is like colllaborating with pedophiles like Ian Watkins. Not cool, Marshmello
— Caine Lian (@cainelzh) April 26, 2019
I really was hoping for marshmello to respond to the chvrches statement. Today Chris Brown says this about them on their page. I don’t pretend to know music business, but marshmello is one of the biggest acts in the world.. he can make music with literally anyone. Why this guy? pic.twitter.com/A3822UCPdc
— Computa™ (@computamusic) April 27, 2019
why are men more upset by CHVRCHES calling out marshmello for working with Chris Brown…. than they ever have been about Chris Brown abusing women and gay men
— 😐 (@SoemAloeVer) April 25, 2019
Y’all shocked marshmello made a song with Chris Brown? The man wears a bucket on his head for money..
— pav (@pavlito_) April 29, 2019
I have to agree that marshmello collabing with Chris brown is absolutely wack. Dude is absolute trash and shouldn’t even be relevant anymore
— 𖤐 SACREDSLEEP 𖤐 (@Sacredsleepedm) April 29, 2019
As of this writing, Marshmello has responded to neither Chvrches’ comments nor the mass influx of online criticism.
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In the last decade, both Brown and Tyga have been faced with a series of sexual abuse allegations and subsequent legal issues.
Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since pleading guilty to the felony assault in 2009 of his then-girlfriend Rihanna. He completed his probation in that case in 2015 but has continued to have run-ins with police.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse or is involved in an abusive situation, please visit the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime for help. You can also reach the centre toll-free at 1-877-232-2610.
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