Wed, 21 Sep 2011 06:01:25 GMT | By MSN News

'Emo' subculture blamed for social ills in Malaysia

Serious crisis or just a case of prudish moral hysteria? Back then, it was black metal. Now it is emo. The subculture, widely parodied for its excessive angst and already on the wane, is now being accused of pushing Malaysian youth to self-destructive and sexually promiscuous acts. COMMENT BELOW.


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Kosmo!, a Malaysian newspaper, reported on the current epidemic of suicidal licentiousness said to be afflicting emo enthusiasts. According to the paper, Malaysian followers of the emo movement slit their wrists, lick their own blood, and engage in promiscuous sex.

Followers would reportedly gather in large numbers to listen to music of the emo genre - identified by the paper as releases by bands like My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, and The Promise Ring. Apparently, while indulging in the (allegedly) suicidal lyrics, some emo fans would hurt themselves with sharp objects.

And still others reportedly take drugs - primarily heroin, meth, and ecstasy - to accentuate the experience.

The paper went on to say that the most popular 'ritual' among emo-ists is slitting one's own wrists and dying slowly. Troubled teenage girls - especially those made vulnerable by sadness and disappointment as well as terrible childhood memories - are believed to make up the bulk of the emo following.

TELL US YOUR OPINION: Serious crisis or just a case of prudish moral hysteria? Do you think emo music and the emo subculture are sources of social ills? What's the real problem here? Sign in here and COMMENT.

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Our take? When we listen to Justin Bieber, we feel like hurting ourselves (and nearby inanimate objects) with sharp things too. Does that make us emo too? You tell us.

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