Two days ago, I watched a very troubling talk show on TV about a new “trend” that’s taking hold among Egyptian youth. The talk show featured a TV presenter, a Therapist and three appalling looking young “males” (not men) with long black curls brushed across most of their faces and black clothing all over.
They were talking about themselves and defending their style and lifestyle in front of the TV presenter’s attacks, and they kept referring to themselves as EMOZ! They were EMOZ and proud!!
I’ve been seeing them around lately, in cafes, and night spots, but I never knew it was part of a bigger movement. Naïve me, I thought they were just following a new abhorring and disgusting western trend, turns out, I was wrong! I was very wrong…
In the teenagers never-ending quest to be misunderstood, a new trend have surfaced and as usual rapidly been exported to our shallow and western infatuated youth, Say hello to EMO! (not EMOZ as they were calling themselves in the TV show, I blame their bad English).
The EMO trend is described by FTV as the next big thing. So what exactly is an EMO?
I decided to dig into it on the web and here is what I found…
Emo as Music
The Wikipedia defines Emo as “a style of rock music typically characterized by melodic musicianship and expressive, often confessional lyrics. It originated in the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement, where it was known as “emotional hardcore” or “emocore”. As the style was echoed by contemporary American punk bands, its sound and meaning shifted and changed, blending with pop punk and indie rock. By the mid 1990s numerous EMO acts emerged as a new trend among youngsters, and several independent record labels began to specialize in the style.
Emo broke into mainstream culture in the early 2000s with the platinum-selling success of Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional and the emergence of the more aggressive subgenre “screamo”. In recent years the term “emo” has been applied by critics and journalists to a variety of artists.”
UNTIL THIS POINT THE “EMO” IS NOTHING MORE THAN ANOTHER ROCK MUSIC TREND, ASSOCIATED (LIKE ALL OTHER ROCK MOVEMENTS) WITH CERTAIN FASHION ITEMS AND CLOTHING. SO WHAT MAKES IT A CULTURE?
The answer is this: Emo means different things to different people. Short for “emotive” or “emotional” (depending on whom you ask), emo being amorphous enrages those loyal to their version. But in the ever-mutating virus we know as American pop culture, emo definition extends to mean a vast array of Musical, fashion, fake-ideological, suicidal and sub-cultural movements .
Today emo is commonly tied to both music and fashion as well as an inspiration toward the emo subculture ,and the term “emo” is sometimes stereotyped with tight jeans on males and females alike, long fringe (bangs) brushed to one side of the face or over one or both eyes, dyed black, straight hair, tight designer t-shirts, studded belts, belt buckles, canvas sneakers or skate shoes or other black shoes and thick, black horn-rimmed glasses.
This fashion has been characterized as a fad, fake and shallow. Early on, emo fashion was associated with a clean cut look but as the style spread to younger teenagers, the style has become darker, with long bangs and emphasis on the color black replacing sweater vest In recent years the popular media have associated emo with a stereotype that includes being emotional, sensitive, shy, introverted, or angst-ridden. It is also associated with depression, self-injury, self-mutilation and suicide.
Emo as fashion statement
The Urban Dictionary says “EMO is one step below transvestite”!!! but we don’t wanna go that far, now do we?
For major labels, emo became the grunge of the new millennium. The original bands inspired by Fugazi’s art-over-commerce spirit either split up or changed direction. But that didn’t matter. Emo morphed into anything mopey and marketable.
EMO became the sanctuary for kids who feel like outsiders, and an insult tossed out by those who believe themselves stronger and better then emo geeks.
In a fashion sense, the new emo is the perfect outlet for white feeble superficial teens to try on dark personalities, and try to look tormented, miserable and original.
Emo as a sub-culture
The Emos regard themselves as a cool, young sub-set of the Goths. Although the look is similar, the point of distinction is their celebration of self-harm and mutilation.
Emos exchange competitive messages on their teenage websites about the scars on their wrists and how best to display them.
Any instant Emo Kit site, gives it’s visitors advice on how to become an emo, and the advice is always somewhere along these lines: Wear a child’s T-shirt with a slogan such as ‘Unhappy Kid’, dye your hair black and cover your face with it and drive a Vespa, but above all, ‘show your inner despair by looking like you are too sad to live.’ And this is where the drive for self mutilation stems.
Emo in EGYPT! (turned by it’s own followers into EMOZ)
To fashion labels EMO is just another way to con the ever-confused teens out of their money, and they don’t care that the association of this fashion cult, makes teens become suicidal and tend to self mutilate. But as the emo sub-culture (like any other trend) was exported to the mindless is Egyptian youth, it gained a new edge.
The ones I seen on TV were not clean cut, actually they were far from it. They looked like a greasy and sleazy form of genderless creatures. They looked like a new version of Tamer Hosny (the greasiest person alive to date) morphed into a Nu-Goth, and that was such a disturbing notion that it gave me the creeps.
On the TV show, these EGY-EMOZ, tried to associate themselves with an American web-based nonprofit help group, called “To write love on her arms”, aimed at helping teenagers who are depressed and those who turn to self mutilations. Now I have searched the group’s website in any relation between the emo trend and the group, and found none!
And my question is: Why does She have to write anything in her arms?!!
The answer to depression and self mutilation, is not becoming an EMO, the answer is a better understanding of life and getting closer to God. But if that’s too conventional for you, or too corny! Turn on Dr. Phil, or any of those self-help, self-love gurus or read a book!
EMO is just a new cool look, that is asexual and hermaphrodite, which is against our nature and ethics of our society and culture. These idiotic androgynous are following a trend they don’t even believe in or understand.
A trend devised by white geeky Americans who love to feel bad about themselves. People who are so shallow that they think that being sophisticated means being miserable. Well to those EGY-EMOZ down here; lads, we don’t need that, we have all the reasons to be miserable as it is, no need to be depressed about yourself.
One of the most annoying characteristics of teenagers is their refusal to open their curtains. Their world is almost always dark and airless. If this environment is coupled with the shallowness, ignorance, the psychological traits of self-pity, introspection, self-dramatization and the teenage hormonal imbalance, you have a suicidal cult who are ready to damage themselves and there community.
The loss of identity our teenagers (and non-teenagers alike) suffer from is so severe. Some of them follow any bizarre trend in a futile attempt to be unique and original. If these trends are not addressed by the cultured society and intellects, the result can be catastrophic; either these teens will drift away even further, effectively ruining their lives and their communities, or there will be a governmental crackdown on those cults (like the Satanics fiasco of the 90’s) which will also have severe effects on these teens and the teenage generation in general.
When it comes to music (and life in general), I would like to consider myself open-minded. I am always eager to discover new trends, and I would never criticize a person for having different interests. Except when it comes to those emoz kids. They are embarrassing to look at, and the music is just pure crap.
So if you still want to be an EMO go write some bad poetry. But please, Save us the nausea and don’t walk around looking like sissies.