Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Responds To Criticism Of “We Exist” Video

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Arcade Fire’s video for pro-LGBT anthem “We Exist” featured a powerful performance from Andrew Garfield as a young man exploring and finding transcendence through his gender identity. It was our favorite video of the week. But some took issue with the casting of a cisgender actor in the role. Laura Jane Grace, the transgender singer of Against Me!, tweeted, “Maybe when making a video for a song called ’We Exist’ you should get an actual ’Trans’ actor instead of Spider-Man?” She also compared the performance to a white actor in blackface. Now Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and the video’s director David Wilson have responded to the criticism at length in an interview with the Advocate.

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