Mar 28 - Emo? Don't go to Mexico.

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 10 years ago '04        #1
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Mar 28 - Emo? Don't go to Mexico.
 

 
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Mexico's Emo-Bashing Problem
Thursday, Mar. 27, 2008 By IOAN GRILLO/MEXICO CITY

The trio of long-haired teenagers grasped the plaza wall to shield their bodies as hundreds of youths kicked and punched them while filming the beating on cell phone cameras. "Kill the emos," shouted the a.ssailants, who had organized over the Internet to launch the attack in Mexico's central city of Queretaro. After police eventually steamed in and made arrests, the bloody victims lay sobbing on the concrete waiting for ambulances while the mob ran through the nearby streets laughing and cheering.

The ugly scene, which was aired on TV news bulletins, is part of a new wave of violence against this urban tribe that has sprung up in Mexico in the last decade. The emo subculture probably existed in your high school before the term even bloomed, the latest movement on a continuum represented by goths in the '80s and alternative rockers in the '90s. In yearbooks, they're the kids who wear exaggerated haircuts and immerse themselves in moody music. In short: the kids jocks have been beating up for decades.

Emos are just one of the colorful youth cultures popular in the U.S. and Europe that have swept over the Rio Grande as the nation opens up its economy and politics and a new generation grows up with the Internet and cable TV. Punks, goths, rockabillies, rastas, breakdancers, skaters and metallers all now pace Mexican streets, adorn its plazas and spray paint its walls. But while most of the trends have met with a begrudging acceptance, emos have provoked a violent backlash. As well as running riot in Queretaro, a mob also attacked emos in the heart of Mexico City this month. Furthermore, emos complain they are being increasingly threatened and a.ssaulted by smaller groups on the streets on a daily basis. "It's getting dangerous for us to go out now. We get shouted at and spat on. We get things thing thrown at us. There is so much hate out there," said Santino Bautista, a 16-year-old emo high school student sitting in a Mexico City plaza alongside other teenagers in tight black jeans and dark makeup.

The attackers, catalogued as "anti-emos," include some from other urban tribes such as punks, metallers and cholos but many are just ordinairy working-class teenagers and young men. They deride the emos for being posers who are overly sentimental and accuse them of robbing from other music genres. With roots in Washington, D.C., in the 1980s, emo bands play a style of rock that borrows much from punk and indie rock. They focus on exploring their emotions (hence the name) with a particular dwelling on typical teenage depression.

Most of all, however, the a.ssailants target the emos for dressing effeminately, still a provocative act for many in a macho Mexico. "At the core of this is the homophobic issue. The other arguments are just window dressing for that," said Victor Mendoza, a youth worker in Mexico City. "This is not a battle between music styles at all. It is the conservative side of Mexican society f!ghting against something different."

The emos make a soft target for the aggressors. The vast majority are teenagers, often just 15 or 16 years old. Most are from comfortable middle-class backgrounds with little experience of the street battles in Mexico's hardened barrios. And by its nature, the emo scene attracts followers who prefer intellectual indulgence to fistf!ghts. In the lead-up the mob attacks, there was increasingly aggressive talk against emos in online forums and TV music shows. Blogs raved about "killing emos" and showed cartoon drawings of decapitated long-haired heads. Internet writers called on anti-emos to "take back" public spaces such as the Plaza de Armas in Queretaro, where the black-clothed teenagers sit around.

Kristoff, a music presenter on the popular TV channel Telehit, also launched scathing criticisms of emos. In a rant packed with curses, he said it was a worthless movement of pubescent girls who fancied the lead singers of bands. However, following the mob violence, he condemned the a.ssailants for being cowardly and said his program was just aimed at having fun.

Newsreels of hundreds of a.ssailants beating up a few skinny teenagers shocked many in the wider public. Commentators and city officials called for tolerance, comparing the prejudice to a Nazi persecution of minorities. "The danger is that hate is permeating more and more into Mexican society," wrote commentator Hugo Garcia in the Mexican daily Milenio. "We should not forget that intolerant violence leads to fascism."

However, many of the perpetrators appeared unrepentant, posting cell phone videos of the violence on the Internet alongside celebratory messages. "Hey emos. If you are so depressed than k!ll yourselves," it said alongside one video. "Queretaro is better without emos."


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161 comments for "Mar 28 - Emo? Don't go to Mexico."

 03-28-2008, 03:33 AM         #2
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good. but only because...

people need to stop trying to conform and just be themselves, all this "ima be a gangsta yo" or "im totally emo" sh*t needs to stop. its not cool.
 03-28-2008, 07:20 AM         #3
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just like over here
 03-28-2008, 07:33 AM         #4
Scorp 
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haha i applaud the mexican youth for this
 03-28-2008, 08:23 AM         #5
tha_ape 
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Post an example of "Emo"... actually that wud be a a good thread...post some emo pics.
 10 years ago '07        #6
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its just another form of a gang they failed to mentoin that they got they a.ss wooped by gangbangers
 03-28-2008, 08:58 AM         #7
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I don't get why people take being emo as a stereotype. YOU ARE EMO. You have emotion correct? That does not mean you are a pus*y or have self-esteem issues, it means you are human and feeling raw emotion is completely natural but the more you try to hide it, the less of a person you become.

I consider myself emo, and I wish the world could meet me and understand emo. I don't wear girl pants, or make up, or have a trendy hair cut. I have long hair but that's because I believe I should let my hair grow to see the man I'm supposed to become. Anyway, I place myself in the emo category because I am emotional, somewhat sensitive but only because I strongly believe in my ideas or opinions.

Most people consider me emo because of my way of complicating everything. Sorta like a drama queen but I don't use senseless points. I'm the type to lengthen something out and at the end of my book, you know what I am talking about. In other words, you really need to listen and pay attention to all the small details. That's all emo kids really do, the simplest of life's pleasures make us happy and all along the way we're writing songs, painting pictures, or telling stories about our travels. Self expression is a huge part of our lives, allows us to in fact become more emo lol. I feel like I am rambling and this will make sense to no one but I swear if you knew me, you'd know what I'm talking about.

Aside from myself, most "emo" kids now a days don't really have depth complexity and meaning to their lives like I feel mine does. Most are just out for the attention and as a male, if you're wearing make up, you really need to ask yourself why. So I support emo and encourage it, but the make up wearing kids who weren't hugged enough, along with the "scene" kids can all be beaten.
 03-28-2008, 09:06 AM         #8
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Kids need to stop trying to be someone they are not.
 03-28-2008, 09:15 AM         #9
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*i wish gras was emo,then it would cut itself*
 10 years ago '04        #10
Big Moon Dawg 
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 tino5647 said:
Kids need to stop trying to be someone they are not.
yeah coz you get none of that in hip hop :rolleyes:
 10 years ago '04        #11
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texas and mexican bboys getting down



some take it to far with this dress like a bi*ch thing.

I should note footage is from like late 2006 and early 2007
 03-28-2008, 10:22 AM         #12
Michael Jordan 
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@ the ignorance in this thread.

People are actually applauding the Mexicans for beating kids because they are "emo." Who the fu*k is anyone to say what a kid should or should not be. If he's emo so fu*kin what leave the little sh*t alone and why is it any of your god damn concern?
Thats the problem with people they're too focused on the next man rather than fixing the problems in their own fu*kin lives.

Emo's are generally quiet shy, and harmless kids(except to themselves) from the times I've seen them. So why the fu*k are people applauding beating up them?

Being "emo" is nothing more than a phase. It will be over really soon for most of those kids, it's pathetic people are applauding this violence.


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 03-28-2008, 10:29 AM         #13
MercilousMadman 
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ppl can look dress and feel however they want.but you should also know where you can and cant go when you different like that.
 03-28-2008, 10:29 AM         #14
ElMarroAfamado 
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beating up anyone is stupid
but i dislike "emos" too sh*t they are all over here now, its all there is like different variations hahaha and i consider "emo"
those guys that look like girls, the hair, sometimes even make up with tight a.ss fu*king clothes.....sh*ts disgusting, whats even more annoying is that the bi*ches that are their genre like it .....


sometimes i see couples and i cant differentiate between the boy and the girl sh*ts crazy
 03-28-2008, 11:39 PM         #15
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lol what's jokes is how far sh*t goes wit some people
if i throw on a fitted t and straight jeans that aren't sky blue n orange n bright a.ss colours some cats go off sayin it's emo
no, some cats just like dressin down

if i can't pay my bills or listen to southern rap should i go buy a fu*kin big T down to my ankles?

the fu*k is wearing 900k in jewelry and hoppin round like a penguin in size 70 and x*xXXL hoodies... way of life?
 10 years ago '06        #16
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 buFF3mo said:
I don't get why people take being emo as a stereotype. YOU ARE EMO. You have emotion correct? That does not mean you are a pus*y or have self-esteem issues, it means you are human and feeling raw emotion is completely natural but the more you try to hide it, the less of a person you become.

I consider myself emo, and I wish the world could meet me and understand emo. I don't wear girl pants, or make up, or have a trendy hair cut. I have long hair but that's because I believe I should let my hair grow to see the man I'm supposed to become. Anyway, I place myself in the emo category because I am emotional, somewhat sensitive but only because I strongly believe in my ideas or opinions.

Most people consider me emo because of my way of complicating everything. Sorta like a drama queen but I don't use senseless points. I'm the type to lengthen something out and at the end of my book, you know what I am talking about. In other words, you really need to listen and pay attention to all the small details. That's all emo kids really do, the simplest of life's pleasures make us happy and all along the way we're writing songs, painting pictures, or telling stories about our travels. Self expression is a huge part of our lives, allows us to in fact become more emo lol. I feel like I am rambling and this will make sense to no one but I swear if you knew me, you'd know what I'm talking about.

Aside from myself, most "emo" kids now a days don't really have depth complexity and meaning to their lives like I feel mine does. Most are just out for the attention and as a male, if you're wearing make up, you really need to ask yourself why. So I support emo and encourage it, but the make up wearing kids who weren't hugged enough, along with the "scene" kids can all be beaten.
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 03-28-2008, 11:59 PM         #17
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 Scorp said:
haha i applaud the mexican youth for this

:applause::applause::applause:
 03-29-2008, 01:04 AM         #18
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"anti-emos," lmao
 03-29-2008, 02:35 AM         #19
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Little known fact is that the British also had an emo problem and they shipped off all their emos to a different island. Check your history books. It was called America : /
 03-29-2008, 04:31 AM         #20
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 Metalzoa said:
Little known fact is that the British also had an emo problem and they shipped off all their emos to a different island. Check your history books. It was called America : /
lol robert smith and morrissey


 darealness818 said:
i wish it was like this in the states...posers do deserve to get their a.sses handed to them
its pretty funny that the "emo" kids get this hate, when the biggest poseurs i know are kids who listen to hip hop and/or wanna be gangsters. the kids who wanna be gangsta and act and talk all tuff but soften up as soon as they momma come around.

emo is such a fu*kin retarded label.. yet the kids who "act" "emo" are lame as fu*k too. theres a difference between the kids who dress like that, and the ones who dress like that and act all depressed and lame and sh*t. kids that cut for attention, to brag about their scars. i aint got a problem with kids who wanna dress like that, but i cant stand the ones who act all depressed and sh*t. middle class kids whove never had a serious problem in their life...
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