Daily Mail No Longer Blaming Emo For Emo Suicides

Jun 11th, 2008 // 10 Comments

AP06121003336.jpgIt looks like England’s emo protest movement has achieved something after all. In the Daily Mail coverage of the recent suicide of Sam Leeson, a 13-year-old British My Chemical Romance fan, phrases like “emo suicide cult” are noticeably absent, replaced by references to online bullying the teenager received due to his taste in clothes and bands. Hannah Bond’s “emo initiation” scars are randomly brought up at the end of the piece, but the rest of the article is noticeably more sympathetic to sad children wearing eyeliner, even describing YouTube videos from friends damning Bebo bullies for their treatment of the kid. Maybe the staff doesn’t want to have to risk hearing a youth choir sing “The Black Parade” at them again.

Sam was a fan of alternative rock bands such as the Foo Fighters and Slipknot, as well as so-called Emo music championed by bands such as Blink 182 and Good Charlotte.

The movement – whose name comes from the word ‘emotional’ – is a reference to the angst-ridden lyrics and melancholy themes of the music.

It has become increasingly popular with British teenagers since its inception in America two decades ago.

Followers see the genre as much a fashion as a style of music – with many dying their hair black as well as dressing in dark clothing.

Sam’s sister, Emma, 22, said the year-nine pupil had also been bullied over his interest in the music at his school.

‘He used to laugh about it when people mocked him over his dress sense and music taste so we didn’t realise it was anything serious’, she said.

‘We saw him as always happy and smiling but we now think there has been some name calling about the whole Emo thing. We know some bullying has been going on and we are disgusted and angry about it.”

And a genre’s good name is restored. Way to avoid another one of these, Daily Mail!

Boy, 13, ‘hanged himself after he was bullied on Bebo for being a fan of Emo music’ [Daily Mail]
MCR / Emo protest in London against the daily mail [YouTube]


  1. Ned Raggett

    That main photo. That sums up 2008. In general.

  2. The Notorious T

    It has become increasingly popular with British teenagers since its inception in America two decades ago.

    Exactly who invented emo circa 1988?

  3. Dead Air ummm Dead Air

    @The Notorious T: A very young Rivers Cumou?

  4. Captain Wrong

    @The Notorious T: I know Rites of Spring are generally considered the forefathers of emo, but they were over by 1986, I think.

    They are also a million times better than whatever drivel is passed off as emo in ’08. Don’t let the tag scare you, they’re worth a listen.

  5. The Notorious T

    @Captain Wrong: Thanks. I figured the “two decades” was a a bit of an estimate.

    I’ve also heard attribution to the founding of emo given to Husker Du, Big Black and several other acts that came out the hardcore scene. I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t Mr. Big.

  6. saturn

    @The Notorious T: Fugazi’s EP Fugazi came out in 1988. “Waiting Room” has a lot to answer for.

  7. The Notorious T

    @saturn: Can’t blame the inventor of the gun for the people that get shot.

  8. RaptorAvatar

    @Ned Raggett: It’s a gay version of John McCain being melted like at the end of “Raiders of The Lost Ark.”

    @Captain Wrong: Agreed, not many vocal performances have gotten under my skin the way “Deeper Than Inside” has.

    “Angry Son” by Indian Summer ftw

  9. Bella Dawson

    Not blaming emo for EMO deaths? Deaths! unfortanate deaths emo is a bloody music genre and Gerard Way did not invent it! the first bands to kickk off emo were called rights of spring and sunny real day estate and look at how awesome of a person the lead singer is!

    Gerard way is not emo and my chemical romance the black parade is about a cancer paitent not a kid who commits suicide.

    Its unbelievable how the paper influences peoples opinions so damn much.

    Stop hating on these KIDS because at the end of the day that is what they are CHILDREN and it is bullying what these journalists are doing!

  10. Bella Dawson

    Nor is emo about suicide the papers made it about that it never was and isnt still! i cannot beleive this is still happening today!

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