Published May 22, 2014Last week, Arcade Fire rolled out a video for their Reflektor track "We Exist," in which Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield donned women's clothing before getting attacked in a bar, dancing alone and then appearing on stage with Arcade Fire at Coachella. Now, Arcade Fire have incurred criticism from Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace over the clip.
Grace — who was previously known as Tom Gabel before coming out as transgender in 2012 — called out the Canadian rock giants on Twitter. In particular, Grace was bothered by Arcade Fire's decision to cast Garfield as the clip's star.
Dear @arcadefire , maybe when making a video for a song called "We Exist" you should get an actual "Trans" actor instead of Spider-Man?— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) May 22, 2014
She also responded to an article about the video by PQ, which criticized Arcade Fire for recycling old stereotypes by portraying transwomen as victims. Grace said that that the article was "well written."
Watch the video below.
Earlier today, Against Me! were named as performers at Toronto's Trans* Pride event on June 27.