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27 March 2011

Emo is not the new Goth -PART 1

I'm very sick and tired of being labeled EMO instead of GOTH. Many people still didn't get the difference between this two cultures,of which one I'm not even sure it is a culture. (guess which one? xD)

so...WHAT IS "EMO"?

Emo was (and is some cases still is) a MUSIC GENRE which derives from punk-rock and is also known as emo-core. Emo-core is a music genre that's hardcore but melodic in the same time, lately it has become even more MAINSTREAM and INDIE and at the same time more POP.
The emo wave is born in the second half of the 80s, precisely in Washington DC where some bands like Embrace (considered the first true emo band) decided to make a music genre that was hardcore but non-violent. That's why, as a consequence in the following years the genre got more similar to pop music in many cases. Pop-punk bands like My Chemical Romance or 30secondstomars are considered in fact emo.

With every music movement comes a clothing style. Emo style has evolved through the years, just like the music. At first emos would wear a clothing style inspired by skaters of the 80s who were actually different from today's skaters. No baggy clothes but only skinny jeans, t-shirts and tattoos. The hairstyle was short or very very short, almost bald. No sign of the long fringes covering the eyes which is the main characteristic of today's emo style. The average age of the followers was from 15 to 30 max and boys looked like men, not like girls... xD Now the followers of this style are mainly teenagers who didn't start to be emos because of the music but as a consequence of the popularization of this style. The media started infact to emphatize especially the physical aspect of being emo, putting the music in second place. Kids started to translate "emo" into "emotional", believing that emo is a state of mind and the clothing a consequence of that. These very confused kids started to mix all the clothing styles they had seen so far. The studs of the metal heads, the crazy shaped colored hair of the punks and especially the dark clothing and make up of the goths. That's why at first sight they are often mistaked as goths (but we'll talk about this fact later, in a specific article).

The mixture of this clothing style took to this:


Now I'm not saying it's a ugly style. I'm not here to judge. But the main reasons emos are not very welcomed by goths (and anybody else!xD ) is that they wear and act certain ways just to get attention. Maybe this fact was favoured by the advent of social networks like Netlog and Facebook where people, especially this kids, are encouraged to post pictures of themselves so they can make "friends" more easily, so the appearance is the x factor. As I already said, emos are mostly teenagers. But these ones are total spoiled brats! no offence (or maybe yes...xD). Thanks to the confusion the medias created in these kids minds, they associated being emo with being depressed, having problems, suicidal tendencies (no..not the band! xD) and cutting themselves "to let the pain out" (as many songs they listen to tell).

These kids are making of depression, a SERIOUS illness, a fashion trend. (and here all the respect you might have had for them should have gone forever.. U.U)
In fact many so called emos are only acting depressed so they look more emos to the eyes of the world. They fake they have problems, making of every foolness a traumatic experience (example: My girlfriend left me so I'm going to suicide myself or today I fell off the bed which means the world is against me and so I'm going to cut myself in corner of my room while listening to MCR.). They show off their scars to everybody (thing a true depressed wouldn't absolutely do) and all just to get attention.

Today's youth is sick.

♥BallerinaDark♥


PS. Part 2 is coming soon!

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