What Is this Emo of Which the Kids Speak? TV News Knows

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The Daily RFT linked a video from last night's KSDK broadcast about the apparently dangers of the "emo lifestyle." The story's tied to the case of Alyssa Bustamante, a 15-year-old from outside of Jefferson City charged with killing her 9-year-old neighbor:

Reporter: "For young people, the world 'emo' might be nothing new."

Sadly (and hilariously enough), these stories about the dangers of emo are rather common... ZOMG!! EMOS ARE EVERYWHERE!

(Videos below selected by Annie Zaleski; commentary by Nick Lucchesi)

From 2007: Reporter: "This fad is turning dangerous in some schools. Emo is a type of fashion that has gone to extremes in various schools."

Emo Kid: "I see it as people who are expressing their pain through their actions."

Sheriff Guy: "It's hair that covers half your face, it covers one eye. The point of that is to only see the world in half-view."

Sheriff Guy: "The acting out of the fashion, it is where the more depressed you look, the more points you earn. There's a point system with this fashion -- an 'emo scale' is what they call it."

Reporter: "You can earn a point or two for wearing tight-worn sweaters, more points if you cry a lot and a few more if you cut yourself. And you hit the jackpot if you attempt suicide."

It just gets better from there. Kudos Lacey Crisip of WDAZ.

This voice-over from the anchor was during a clip of a My Chemical Romance music video. "We want to warn you, some of the images you're about to see are disturbing." Truer words never spoken.

Emo Kid: "We're kind of worthless."

From the "Emo Teens" expose brought to us by the whitest guy ever: Bob Matthews (who also possess the whitest name ever.) "The songs they sing will never be confused for an evening featuring Up with People." Have to give this reporter credit though, he interviewed a record store clerk instead of the town's sheriff's deputy, like the video above. Another great quote: "Emo music can make a bad situation worse." That quote is applicable to a lot of situations.

From Fox 11 in Southern California: "The sound is intense. The look, distinctive. Feeling dark and angry. These are emo scene kids."

"Boys wear their band shirts tight, and pants even tighter."

Emo Kid: "Yes, girl pants are a must."

(Captions by Nick Lucchesi)

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