If you thought the burgeoning emocide in Mexico was bad, recent legislation in Russia that lumps emos in with skinheads is shutting down Russian emo and goth web sites and all around making life for Russian emos even that much more miserable:
First came the Chechens, then ethnic Georgians, and then maverick journalists. But now Russia’s cracking down on a different social group, a demographic they see threatening the very future of their country. These rebels have pierced lips, ridiculous haircuts and too much eyeshadow. They’re barbarians in bowler hats, leather jackets and torn-up tights. Yes, emo has come to Russia â€“ and its leaders want no part of it.
Last month the State Duma held a hearing on “Government Strategy in the Sphere of Spiritual and Ethical Education”, a piece of legislation aimed at curbing “dangerous teen trends”. There, without a clue in the world, social conservatives lumped “emos” together with skinheads, pushing for heavy regulation of emo websites and the banning of emo and goth fashion from schools and government buildings.
Oh well, its not like they probably understand what all the hollering’s about in all those MCR songs anyway.
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