Arcade Fire respond to criticism of 'We Exist' video by Against Me's Laura Jane Grace

Frontman Win Butler says "seeing the actor who played Spider-Man in that role is pretty damn powerful"

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has responded to criticisms of the band's new video for 'We Exist' by Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace.

Grace documented her own gender dysphoria on the band's latest album 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' and hit out at the Canadian band's decision to cast non-trans actor Andrew Garfield as an "actual 'trans' person" in the video last week.

The video stars Spider-Man actor Garfield as a transgender woman, donning a wig and dress, having an altercation in a bar and eventually joining Arcade Fire onstage at Coachella.

Butler and director of the video David Wilson have now responded to Grace's remark in a new interview with The Advocate in which the frontman claims that he feels having somebody known for playing a Hollywood superhero is more effective in delivering the message of the song, about a gay child in Jamaica coming out to his father.

"Once something gets on the internet, it works its way into people's lives in a way that I think is pretty powerful," says Butler. "For a gay kid in Jamaica to see the actor who played Spider-Man in that role is pretty damn powerful, in my opinion."

Admitting that he can "totally see the sensitivity of the issue", Butler adds: "There was just so much thought and love that went into the video I don't personally see it as negative."

Meanwhile, 'We Exist' director Wilson admits that he considered casting a trans person for the video, but decided on Garfield for his "commitment and passion toward the project".

"Before I got on the call, I thought, Is this the right person — should we be using a transgender person?" Wilson said. "But then getting on the phone with Andrew, and Andrew's commitment and passion toward the project was just overwhelming. For an actor of that caliber to be that emotionally invested in a music video is just a very special thing. It just completely made sense."

Watch the 'We Exist' video below.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Bishop Nehru and Doom preview NehruvianDOOM album with new track 'Caskets' – listen
Matt Bellamy hints at World War 3 theme and guitar solos for new Muse album
SBTRKT previews new album 'Wonder Where We Land' at iTunes Festival in London
Iceage reveal new song 'How Many' - listen
Trent Reznor previews 'Gone Girl' soundtrack ahead of cinema release
Members of Arcade Fire, The Strokes and Bon Iver form Pop All Star Band supergroup
Lil Wayne and Drake hit the road in 'Grindin' video - watch
SBTRKT streams new song 'The Light' featuring Denai Moore - listen
George Ezra covers Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' - watch
Foo Fighters pay tribute to late Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus at crowdfunded gig
James Blake unveils new song on BBC Radio 1 show
David Bowie to release new album 'soon', says producer Tony Visconti
Six Iranians sentenced to prison and lashings for dancing to Pharrell's 'Happy' in...
All We Are announce January 2015 release date for debut album – hear first song now
Yorkshire artists cover Gang Of Four's 'Entertainment!' in special Cassette Store...
Guildford venue The Boileroom saved from closure
Richard Hawley to reissue first three albums on vinyl
Johnny Marr reveals new single 'The Trap'
Flying Lotus reveals new song 'Coronus, The Terminator' – listen
Former member of Tatu says she would 'condemn a gay son' in homophobic TV interview
Manchester orchestra covers Oasis, Sex Pistols and The Smiths – listen
Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duet to feature on new Queen album 'Queen Forever'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today