- 29 Apr 19
Since making their initial statement, the indie synth-pop group have received serious backlash from Brown and Tyga fans
Following the release of the collaborative single ‘Light It Up’, Chvrches took to social media to express their disappointment with the DJ’s decision to work with such controversial, problematic artists. The band wrote, “We are really upset, confused and disappointed by Marshmello’s choice to work with Tyga and Chris Brown. 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. This is not something we can or will stand behind.”
In March of this year, the Scottish trio collaborated with Marshmello themselves on a track entitled ‘Here With Me’, which peaked at number nine in the UK Singles Chart.
Tyga responded to the statement by commenting “Where all God’s children. Everyone makes mistakes no ones perfect. Let’s Keep the energy positive” underneath the original post. Chris Brown, on the other hand, took a much more abrasive manner. Under an unrelated post on Chvrches’ Instagram account, Brown commented, “BUNCH OF LOSERS. 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. 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! TA-TA. GOODDAY PEASANTS”. Huh?
Taking to her private Instagram account, frontwoman Lauren Mayberry shared some of the abusive messages she has been receiving since calling out the collaboration, further proving the initial point.
Chvrches’ entirely warranted concerns stem from assault charges brought up by Brown's then-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009. The artist’s controversies don’t stop there, the singer has also amassed numerous weapon charges and an ongoing lawsuit involving an aggrevated rape accusation. Tyga has also had his share of problematic encounters, having settled a sexual assault lawsuit in 2011 following a music video shoot and controversy surrounding his relationship with Kylie Jenner, among other concerning incidents.
Marshmello himself is yet to comment on the situation.