I started this blog to post bangers, but it ended up giving me a great opportunity to vent about things that I feel passionate about. I remember the night that I started this blog, I was stealing wifi in a Best Buy Parking Lot, and I tried to overdose on an unknown drug, but then I started a blog instead, and became the first blog to ever blog about Justice. The rest is history, and now a lot of historians consider HRO to be the voice of "the specialest generation in the history of the world."
While some people get off to standing on the sidelines of life, and just making snarky comments about things that are actually important, I'm not one of those people. I don't have a blog that makes fun of issues, other humans, or important social and cultural movements. It's important to take things seriously, because we don't want to become a society where the dumb people are watching TV in HD, and the educated people are commenting about stuff that the dumb people are into on the internet.
Most blogs have remained incredibly silent on this issue, but I am taking a stand.
Here are several solutions for ending the emo war:
1. Have the United Nations drop care packages full of Ed Banger Sampler CDs and iPod shuffles pre-loaded with mixes selected by Gorilla Vs. Bear.
2. Set up INTERNMENT CAMPS, kind of like what America did with the AZNs after that Pearl Harbor thingie, except with EMOs.
3. Send them all on a boat to Australia, but only let them settle in the part that Mad Max was filmed in.
4. The US government can double the yearly-salaries of all of the World's Top Alternative Celebrities, and have them rehabilitate and educate emo kids on the campus of the New School.
5. Set up a reality show that's kind of like KID NATION meets a SURVIVOR type of show.
6. Just chill out and see what happens.
Do you have a solution to end the EMO WARS?
I can't believe EMO kids are being hunted down and beaten in Mexico. Basically, the heavy metal kids, punks, pop-listeners, skaters, goths, and every other subculture is having rallies in order to FIGHT AGAINST THE EMOS.
The spark came first in Queretaro on March 7. An estimated 800 young people poured into the city's Centro Historico hunting for emos to beat the crap out of. They found some. The next weekend it spread to Mexico City, where emos faced off against punks and rockabillies at the Glorieta de Insurgents, the epicenter of emo social space in the capital. There's also been reports of anti-emo violence in Durango, Colima, and elsewhere.
Here's a video from it. You can really see the tension between the EMOS and the PUNKS:
Anyways, I just wanted to congratulate Mexico on going out of it's way to EXTERMINATE a trend, as opposed to just simply moving into a new consumer-driven trend with a little bit of a self-loathing tone.
It's good to see that people can unite using the internet, and stand up for a cause. I mean, myspace drama is one thing, but to transform that passion into a WITCH HUNT where emo kids are beaten down in broad daylight is simply amazing. Maybe Obama should stand up agains the emos.
I think the thing that is the most disappointing about this whole re-introduction of EMO into my sphere of consciousness is that there still isn't really a definite answer on 'What emo is.' I always thought the American meaning of 'emo' was sort of ambiguous, but it's good to know that the Mexicans went ahead and set the definition EMO=PUSSY WHO SHOULD BE LYNCHED.
It's also important to take some time to celebrate your consumer self-awareness, and your freedom to express yourself without fear of one group of idiots killing your group of idiots. It's good to live in a country where we can transition from partaking in one trend to a complete new one, without having to explain why we decided to change.
I [HIGHLY REC] reading more about Mexico's systematic extermination of emos. There are even suggestions of government conspiracy.
Hilarious thread about the anti-emo movement
LA WEEKLY BLOG post about kiling EMOS
After Ariel Pink's [MASSIVE COACHELLA MELTDOWN], the entire indiesphere was wondering... "Is Ariel OK, BB?" It seems like after a recent show in Mexico City, the Ariel Pink buzz train has come off the rails again.... The indie songstress allegedly cried, laughed, made potentially 'racist' Mexican stereotype-wave jokes, and managed to apologize 4 his behavior, admitting he had a 'mental problem.'
Ariel's on-stage antics angered many fans, even though part of what makes going 2 an Ariel Pink show 'fun' is the opportunity 2 see a 'meltdown.' Maybe the crowd was unchill and un-nurturing... Or maybe Ariel Pink h8s his Mexican fans????
Here is the report of the show by a relevant attendee:
The show was supposed to start at 11:50 pm but around 11pm I heard that
the band had lost their flight earlier and they were just arriving at the
airport. After the opening act finished, everyone was taken out of the
venue because Ariel Pink had arrived and they needed to do soundcheck.
They finally let us in around 12:30 or so. It started well but on the
second song he started complaining to his band members, he seemed to be
really uncomfortable and he spent most of the time facing the band and not
the audience. He put the microphone on the floor, then he couldn't find
it. He said: "this was supposed to be a good show and it's not" and he
started to cry while he flickered a lighter.
His band members were clearly
angry but tried to keep the show together, I really don't know how they do
it. They played 5 songs or so and then he said: "thank you" and left. The
musicians kept playing and after a while Ariel Pink came back like if he
had just sniffed 10 lines of coke and started singing really awful and
doing weird faces. He said (trying to be sarcastic): Woohoo I'm back
Then he said stupid things like: we wanted to bring a Mariachi so you
would like the show more, but we didn't find any. And he started singing
phrases from a mexican singer (Juan Gabriel) and then Life is Life by Opus
, while his band played another song. The drummer was just smiling now.
the song finished, Ariel left the stage again and after a couple of
minutes he came back, he said that we were such a polite audience for
waiting for so long and : Sorry for my attitude, it's a mental problem.
After that song the show ended. I had watched the coachella stream and he
basically did exactly the same, I don't even believe it anymore, he's so
R u worried about Ariel [via 'starting to cry']?
Will he ever 'speak out' about his meltdowns?
Is this fan 'lying' or were u there?
Do u think it was 'racist' that Ariel Pink sang "Mexican phrases" and said that he "Should have brought a mariachi band" to play with the Haunted Graffiti?
Will he replace the Haunted Graffiti with a mariachi band?
Who is to blame... the fans... the venue... or Ariel Pink?
Is Ariel Pink 'testing ur patience' as a fan, or do u will u be letdown if he 'doesn't have a meltdown' in ur local city?
Has Ariel Pink 'gone too far'?
Who is the greatest on-stage indie meltdowner in the history of indie?