Well, it’s a little heated, but I talked about the emo phenomenon with friends recently and it made me want to make a post. The question that everyone is asking is “but who are these teenagers that we meet in the street in band, dressed strangely and who seem to carry the misery of the world on their shoulders? “Emos” or “Emo kids” as they are called in the US
Explanation in a few points.
At the base, the term “emo” comes from the word “emotion” and corresponds to a very particular style of music. The word was born in the 80s with the appearance of groups like Fugazi. But today’s emo music has little to do with that of 20 years ago. My Chemical Romance, The Used, AFI …
For those who consider themselves “real” rockers, the calling “emo” is an insult. The Emos cry instead of yelling in their mikes, telling their painful love stories … In short, music “girls”. These groups have the main failing to address in their songs a taboo subject … their emotions. Horror and damnation!
But being emo is above all an attitude and a style. The attitude first: often teenagers not very optimistic, who like to see things in black, feel misunderstood by their parents and hate this shit society. In short, teenagers
The look then. Be careful, there, it spoils. Because the Emos are strong: piercings (after all, they listen to rock), their hair dyed black (there are sometimes some pink, red or green locks) and the wick that prevents them from seeing.
The make-up also: boys as girls are followers of eyeliner and khol. Black, always. T-shirts are very tight, often striped (black and red, black and green, black and yellow … you need black what), a hoodie, sneakers (Converses or others) and most importantly, Apanache of the average Emo: the slim.
Image courtesy of SpanishSun
You will understand that the Emo can easily be confused with the fan of Tecktonik
You have to follow very specific dress codes, and especially have a wallet enough to take care of his very elaborate haircut (hair, everything is in the hair!). Well, I do not care, but if I was 16 years old today I would probably be emo.
Short! But why does she talk to us about the Emos? Well, they’re being beaten! You may have heard about anti-emo attacks in Mexico a few weeks ago. Yann Barthes had made a subject about this story in the Petit Journal.
The facts: late in March, young people attacked Emos in the streets of Queretaro, Mexico. They beat them and filmed the scene. Friendly. If some people say that they are fans of punk and metal (“real” rockers) who have attacked them because of their musical tastes, the videos clearly show that this is not the case. They are more young people clean on them who blame the Emos for their sexual orientations (many emos declare themselves homo or bi). In short, homophobic violence against the “emosexuals”. Not cool.
Such attacks have also taken place in other Mexican cities, but also in Chile, where the Emos call themselves PokEMOnes. The Emos try hard to defend themselves by organizing demonstrations against the violence that is made to them. Gerard Way, the leader of My Chemical Romance, spoke on these events last month at a concert in Mexico, demanding that this “fucking violence” cease. Wow. With such strong sentences, I predict an end of the anti-emo attacks incessantly shortly.