Published May 27, 2014Last week, Against Me! leader Laura Jane Grace criticized Arcade Fire's music video for "We Exist," which stars Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield as a transgendered character. Since then, Arcade Fire's Win Butler offered a response, but Grace has more to say on the matter.
It all started when Grace argued that the band should have chosen a trans actor for the lead role. Then, in an interview with Advocate.com over the weekend, Butler defended the band's choice, saying, "Once something gets on the internet, it works its way into people's lives in a way that I think is pretty powerful.... For a gay kid in Jamaica to see the actor who played Spider-Man in that role is pretty damn powerful, in my opinion."
"There was just so much thought and love that went into the video I don't personally see it as negative," Butler added. "I can totally see the sensitivity of the issue."
Now Grace has responded with a string of tweets. She decries the video less for the casting choice and more for the stereotypes. "Like why does Garfield cry about shaving their head to then put on a wig when they have gorgeous hair?" she writes. "Why does Garfield go to the shittiest bar ever to drink domestic beer and dance with bigot rednecks? And the idea that the band playing Coachella is their Mecca of acceptance and validation. Phfff. As if."
Further, she points out that the Arcade Fire are attempting to portray an experience they haven't actually lived out. "If the song was called anything else I wouldn't have even had a problem with it it's called 'We Exist' and there is literally no signs of that existence represented. Should have been called 'They Exist,'" she said. "When you come from the perspective you're representing, it's truth and powerful."
Check out all of Laura Jane Grace's tweets below. Thanks to Consequence of Sound for the tip.