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   Russia Cracks Down On "Dangerous" Emo Trend

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7/25/2008 9:00 pm

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Entered 7/25/2008, Updated 7/25/2008

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Being emo these days can be tough. It can be especially difficult in certain corners of the world, like Mexico, for example, where pierced-up, massacre-sporting teens recently came face to face with beat-downs, “hunts” and full-on anti-emo riots. Well, you can welcome Mother Russia to the list of nations where being emo means watch your back. During last month’s State Duma, Russian politicians held a hearing on Government Strategy in the Sphere of Spiritual and Ethical Education, a piece of legislation aimed at suppressing “dangerous teen trends.” In it, “emos” (apparently now it’s a noun as well as an adjective) were high on the list of offenders, demanding tougher regulation on emo websites and banning all emo and goth fashions from schools and government buildings. As the Guardian newspaper reported, Alexander Grishunin, one of the proposed legislation’s supporters, said: “The point of the bill is so that by 2020, Moscow will have someone to rule its government. This is the first step in the public discourse.” He also said this with a straight face, adding that the government hoped to have the proposal pass before the end of the year.


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