Russia considers ban on emos and goths
What's the deal with all the emo-hate this year? Not only are they getting beat up in Mexico and smeared in the UK media, they're now about to be banned in Russia. Government there is considering a law that would effectively make emo and its various relatives (goth, punk, etc) illegal. Why? Because apparently eyeliner and long bangs lead to anarchy and suicide.
Ironically, laws like these only make the whole emo thing more appealing to kids. If parents embraced goth, think kids would follow suit? Sunday school clothes would quickly become the new punk.
An emo ban is dumb on a number of levels. One, many people just like the fashion and have no predilection to kill themselves when they wear black. Two, if someone really is depressed, dark clothes and depressing music are likely symptoms rather than causes. Government resources would be better spent looking at the real causes of mental health problems if they are common among teenagers. Three, a lot of emo kids are actually dealing with their feelings by expressing them. Four, prohibiting these types of things will only make them more powerful. Five, banning skinny, effeminate males can be seen as thinly-veiled homophobia.
Russia is considering a new law that would make hardcore punk style emo and goth music illegal, saying that they are "negative culture" which encourage depression, social withdrawal and even suicide. A source reports that legislation is now being created to regulate websites and have emo and goth fashion banned in schools and government buildings. The laws are meant to protect the supposed “dangerous teen trend” which encourage depression and suicide.
Calling the emo/goth lifestyle “a dangerous teen trend”, the Russian government is drafting a proposal that will regulate emo websites and ban the black clad kids from schools and government buildings. The “Government Strategy In The Sphere Of Spiritual And Ethical Education” bill aims to crush the emo subculture, calling it a “social danger” and “a threat to national stability”.
This bill is being developed partially in reaction to the recent suicide of British teenager Hannah Bond. Her death was questionably linked to the teenager’s following of emo band “My Chemical Romance”. Critics of the emo music and lifestyle feel the music’s dark imagery and themes of sadness and despair lead to a preoccupation with death and suicide.
Dozens of hair-straightened emo fans recently marched in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, the Guardian reported, where the government is attempting to fast-track the bill. "How can you stop people from expressing themselves, from dressing how they like, from living a way of life that doesn't harm anyone?" one protester asked on Russian TV. Other protesters held signs stating slogans such as "Kill the State in Yourself" and "A Totalitarian State Encourages Stupidity."
There is no word yet on when Russian politicians will decide if the proposed anti-emo legislation will in fact become law.