Last week, Arcade Fire'sgorgeous new music video for pro-LGBT single "We Exist" was criticized by Against Me!'s frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, who tweeted: “Maybe when making a video for a song called 'We Exist' you should get an actual 'Trans' actor instead of Spider-Man?” She later compared cisgender actor Andrew Garfield's performance to black face.
Over the weekend, in an interview with The Advocate, Arcade Fire bandleader Win Butler and the video's director, David Wilson responded to the criticism. The whole thing is worth a read, but we'd like to highlight this part:
“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.”
Watch the music video again:
Editorial language in the first paragraph has been edited.