Emo kids—who are often described as sensitive teens who favor black and wear their hearts on their sleeves—are being attacked in Mexico
If you've got a Mexican vacation planned, you might want to warn your emo teens to tone it down a notch. Why? Emo kids—those angsty, sensitive, eyeliner-wearing hipster teens and tweens you often see hanging out at Starbucks—are being attacked throughout Mexico and Chile, according to recent reports. The LA Weekly says the attacks are reportedly coming from metal, punk, and rockabilly music fans who dislike the emo look and attitude. Emos have begun to fight back, organizing marches in Guadalajara and Mexico City.
According to Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture,
emo is now a cultural phenomenon with its own accompanying language, style, and ideaology. We talked to the authors, Leslie Simon and Trevor Kelley, about what Moms can do to protect their emo kids.
Leslie: I really don't think being emo is anything moms need to protect their kids from. Assuming that the upheaval in Mexico doesn't make its way into the US, all parents really have to worry about with their emo kids is maybe buying their son a pair of girls' jeans while making sure he doesn't leave the straightening iron on. So much of the media has painted emo culture as an underground movement of kids on the verge of violence and possibly suicide. While I don't doubt that many kids who are into emo music and the entire emo lifestyle might in fact be depressed, the two are not mutually exclusive. Emo teens are not necessarily depressed teens, and vice versa. The best thing moms and dads can do is ask questions. Get to know the music and lifestyle your kid is into. It'll pay off
Trevor: I would actually encourage parents to have their kids embrace this culture. Leslie and I have met literally thousands of these kids over the years. They are GOOD kids. It's just that the media is fascinated with certain things
they do. But, really, these are good kids who are just interested in expressing themselves through things like blogs and, perhaps most famously,
Are you the Mom of an emo tween or teen? Tell us about it.