Skip to comments.Dozens of Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for ‘emo’ haircuts: activists
Posted on 03/09/2012 5:38:10 PM PST by Zhang Fei
Iraqi activists sounded the bell over the killing of dozens of teenagers by religious police for having emo haircuts.
Activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar daily that at least 90 Iraqi teenagers with emo appearances have been stoned to death by the Moral Police in the country in the past month. The violent crackdown against emo Iraqi teenagers came after the Iraqi interior ministry declared them as devil worshippers.
The Emo phenomenon or devil worshiping is being probed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate it as soon as possible since its detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger, a statement by the Interior Ministry said.
They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationery that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities, the statement added.
The statement said that Iraqs Moral Police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with Western appearances.
The activists told the newspaper that a group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led the teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, Baghdad.
First they throw concrete blocks at the boys arms, then at his legs, then the final blow is to his head, and if he is not dead by then, they start all over again, one person who managed to escape told the daily. The exact death toll remains unclear, but Hana al-Bayaty of Brussels Tribunal, an NGO dealing with Iraqi issues, said the current figure ranges between 90 and 100.
Activists said that leaflets were distributed in Baghdad warning teenagers from donning the emo style, and in some regions, teenage homosexuals were killed by battering their heads also by concrete blocks.
Yeah, but let Rush Limbaugh try calling me that, and I'll lose him some sponsors!!!
“The pink one is bubblegum emo: it is called Scene.”
I was the geeky guy, in Breakfast Club.
(BTW, turns out the geeky guy got paid, later in life) :)
Emos > Jugaloos > Muslims
Though it was really hard deciding on that last inequality.
Aquabats are the anti-emo.
I know there are subtle differences between the goths and the emos, but I like to lump them together because it annoys both groups.
Want to feel old?! My son and his friends were listening to rad “retro”. It was music from the 80’s. I said it was great (at least for me) to be a teen/young adult in the 80’s. The only part of that generation they found hysterical was the hair... BIG hair. I showed them a picture of me in college... HYSTERICAL laughing. Teen brats!!
Not at all. He’s the tv show guy in Batman: The Dark Knight.
80s bands like the Cure and Depeche Mode were largely the genesis of Emo.
The Emo kids South Park episodes are a riot.
It is difficult on a kid not being accepted by the “in” crowd. Back in my day, there was a girls’ social club in our school called, unfortunately and shortsightedly, “The Gay Teens”. Of course, us poor kids from the country grammar schools came down to the consolidated high school, and the majority of us weren’t invited to join “The Gay Teens”. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Heaven help us if we dared get “out of our place”, too. Husband was in the “gay teen club” crowd, so doesn’t understand my struggles to deal with that whole scenario, even where it intrudes on my psyche in a teeny-weeny way to this day. (I don’t like to go back for “reunions”; his favorite thing in the whole world.)
That would be Brian Johnson. He was in the Math club, the Physics club, and the Latin club.
Judd Nenson and I had the same first name. His was John Bender. Kinda makes me wonder if that’s where Futurama got the name for the Robot, he’s a criminal too.
Then there’s the ultimate in “Dear God WHY?”...Kandi Ravers.
PLUR man.....Peace Love Unity Respect...wanna do some E and have a lightshow?
The 80s metalhead in me wants to wreak violence on the lot of them.
Teen DO have it harder today that when I was a kid (51 now).
I was at a parenting seminar and he talked about how adolescence is the time of life figuring out who you are, where you fit in, etc. 1500 years ago most kids had tribal lifestyles or VERY close families and there was no adolescence - they knew who they were.
He said when we were teens (40-50 year-olds) adolescence was about 13 to 18 years of age. Today it starts around 11 to 12 years old, with most researchers saying it extends to 27-28; with some even saying early thirties.
I guess these poor kids in Iraq found out that they didn’t fit in. I’ll have to remind my teenagers that as tough as being a kid growing up in suburbia is (no sarcasim - it IS tough), it could be worse!
are emos behaving themselves, not stealing or mugging or vandalizing, if so then they really ought to be low on the list of social phenomena to worry about at any official level. let churches preach the gospel to them.
Oh, and the swim team.
I think every generation had groups of sort. Whether they were the ones with money, the brains, the jocks, the band geeks, the theater crowd, etc... The difference that I see today is that there are more groups available than when I was a teen. (to be fair, I attended a very small, Catholic high school so choices were very limited). The teen years are not a joy to everyone. (I’m still laughing about the Gay Teens!!)
It’s cause he’s a drunk.