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Should emo make a comeback?

The emo scene came into fruition back in the early 2000s (some say). Its technical demise was symbolized by the disbanding of groups like My Chemical Romance back in 2013, causing eyeliner to run throughout the world. Recently, songs like “Sugar, We’re Going Down” could be heard in between commercial breaks during the Super Bowl; former emo fashion accessories are creeping back into the scene. Does all this mean it’s time for a Ren-Emossaince?

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People equate being emo with perpetual whining and questionable clothing choices. This, like all stereotypes, fails to recognize the cultural significance the emo scene—particularly its music—had. There was Mayday Parade, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday: Each a band that spoke to its fans in a way other artists failed to. Many credit mainstream emo musicians with promoting open discussions of mental health; others view it as a cultural phenomenon that influenced a generation. The BBC even points out:

“Whilst the genre was often pigeonholed…emo was actually quite diverse and varied, with a band for everyone. As the New Yorker succinctly summarized: “My Chemical Romance was imperiously self-deprecating; Fall Out Boy was exuberant; Panic! At the Disco was vaudevillian…Dashboard Confessional was lovelorn and sappy; Jimmy Eat World was cheerfully sincere.”

Who said it was only about crying and spiked hair?

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Critiques of the emo scene accuse it of making masochism fashionable. They point to the cult-like insularity of self-proclaimed emo kids as well as their unhealthy obsession with death. There are also a few scientific studies which link alternative subcultures—emo included—have higher rates of self-harm when compared to other social groups.

Taste-wise, some poo-poo the music, claiming that it’s nothing better than a bunch of mediocre men whining about girls that are out of their league. Essentially it was a movement dominated by angsty brats that used their feelings as an excuse to remain in adolescence. Some can still be seen lingering outside of Hot Topic to this day. 

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