As an avid music fan, I depise the lazy – and damaging – stereotypes often foisted upon fans of various scenes by a ‘straight’ society that too frequently jumps of its own shadow. Question the motives and tactics of the NRA, examine attitudes towards mental health by all means; but lets quit trying to pin the blame on pop records. The Beatles, Judas Priest, Ozzy, Acid House, Marilyn Manson… Not guilty, m’lud! Have we not learned yet?
The Mail on Sunday’s front page from 16th December 2012
There are three factors which define my response this story. I am a human being, a Goth, and a Journalist.
As a human being, I abhor and reject the horrific violence committed in Newton, Connecticut. As a Goth, I abhor and reject any association with my subculture, and fear the demonizing effect of headlines like this. As a journalist, I abhor and reject the kind of ‘journalism’ that has led the Daily Mail to such knee-jerk reactionary headline writing. The Goth tag has been attached to this story because of the following quote:
Catherine Urso, who was attending a vigil Friday evening in Newtown said her college-age son knew the killer and remembered him for his alternative style.
‘He just said he was very thin, very remote and was one of the goths,’ she said.
A second-hand recollection from someone…
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