Indie-pop band Chvrches recently collaborated with masked producer Marshmello for the song "Here With Me," and when he followed-up that single with one featuring Chris Brown and Tyga, the band released a statement expressing their disappointment.
"We are really upset, confused and disappointed by Marshmello's choice to work with Tyga and Chris Brown," they wrote.
"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," the statement continues. "That is not something we can or will stand behind." Tyga received criticism back in 2015 when he revealed that he had been dating Kylie Jenner since she was 16, while Brown has a history of domestic violence.
Not one to avoid the chance to defend himself, Chris Brown chimed in. "BUNCH OF LOSERS," Brown wrote. "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. I'M BLACK AND PROUD. AND I KNOW ITS [sic] HURTS THAT U GUYS ARE STRUGGLING WIT LIFE OR PEACE SO U ARE FORCED TO SEE MY SUCCESS."
He later posted a picture of the trio on his story, writing, "THIS IS WHAT [HATERS] LOOKS LIKE." He also referred to them as "simple minded peasants."
Tyga also responded, writing: "Where all God's children. Everyone makes mistakes no ones perfect. Let's keep the energy positive."
Lauren Mayberry, Chvrches' lead singer, has been posting the abuse she has been getting on social media following the band's statement. "I still think domestic abuse is wrong," she wrote. "Peace out, internet."