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Trans Punk Singer Takes Issue With Arcade Fire’s New Music Vid

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday May 23, 2014
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Andrew Garfield in Arcade Fire’s "We Exist."
Andrew Garfield in Arcade Fire’s "We Exist."  (Source:YouTube)

Andrew Garfield, aka Spiderman, dressed in drag for the new music video for the Grammy Award-winning indie band Arcade Fire, but the transgender leader of the punk band Against Me! is taking issue with the clip.

As Pitchfork reports, Garfield, who stars in "The Amazing Spider-Man," dresses in women’s clothes, is attacked in a bar and dances around in what appears to be Arcade Fire’s Coachella set from the band’s video for "We Exist," off their 2013 album "Reflektor."

"Our film follows the story of a young person’s struggle with gender identity," the video’s description reads on YouTube.

But Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the popular punk band Against Me!, called out the clip’s direction on Twitter.

"Dear @arcadefire , maybe when making a video for a song called ’We Exist’ you should get an actual ’Trans’ actor instead of Spider-Man?" Grace tweeted Thursday.

Against Me!’s newest album "Transgender Dysphoria Blues," came out earlier this year and deals with Grace’s struggle with gender identity. Grace came out as transgender two years ago.

Check out the music video for "We Exist" below:


Comments

  • Charlie, 2014-05-22 22:22:11

    How come all these transfolk are saying trans roles should only be played by trans? It’s like saying gay roles should only be for gays, and straight roles only by straights...oh, wait! don’t Matt Bomer and Neil Patrick Harris play credible, believable straights? It’s called ACTING. It’s the writers who need to be schooled in how transgenders really are, not the actors.


  • Anonymous, 2014-05-23 18:10:16

    Personally I loved the video and I think he did the role justice....doesnt matter if he was straight or trans...I think he lived up to the expectation. The previous commenter is right. We live in a society where it should no longer matter. Who plays what role. The fact that he was comfortable to play such a pivotal and dramatic role regardless of what he has been in says alot...shows how versatile he is as an actor as well as his support for the transgender community. Shouldnt we be applauding people like this instead of putting them down? We need to open our eyes and see that society isnt one sided its universal....dont act like the very people we are trying to change...


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