If there's one thing I hate more than emo, it's gotta be local TV news. A blistering expose on the dangers of emo lifestyle, courtesy of WDAZ in Grand Forks, North Dakota:
Such an eye-opener. I mean, this surveillance photo of emo-hero AFI just reinforces it. That couch must be dangerously filthy! It's 10 p.m.; do you know if your children are sitting on filthy couches?
Seriously, though, this is the same teen angst dressed in a different outfit. If teens are cutting themselves and contemplating suicide, it's not because of a lifestyle. It's because something bigger is going on/going wrong. Blaming it on grunge/goth/emo a disservice to youth. "Heathers" was just a movie; nobody is killing themselves for fun.
However, if your kid is buying My Chemical Romance action figures, then it's time to intervene and buy him/her a copy of the first Clash record. Just my opinion.