Much like Jared Leto's casting in Dalles Buyer's Club, Arcade Fire have become the latest to draw the ire of the trans community for giving trans parts to regular actors, particularly from Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace who expressed her disappointment at the band hiring actor Andrew Garfield to star in the video for 'We Exist' as opposed to an actual trans person. The band have responded to the criticism in an interview with Advocate.

Win Butler penned the song after witnessing the rise of violent homophobia in Jamaica, "There is a very kind of homophobic undercurrent, even in a lot of popular music and dancehall music, where there is a lot of violence against gay people." Both Butler and the video's director David Wilson felt that casting a prominent actor would help to shine a light on the problems, "For a gay kid in Jamaica to see the actor who played Spider-Man in that role is pretty damn powerful, in my opinion," said Butler. "Before I got on the call, I thought, 'Is this the right person — should we be using a transgender person?' 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."

Watch the video below.

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