Okay so this is a rant I never thought I would ever need to write, but after the past week on Twitter, it seems from some of the tweets I’ve seen people still have a misguided view on what ’emo’ actually means, so allow me to educate those who are still unsure. Now I shall begin now by telling you to ignore everything that you have seen or heard in the mass media. Now if someone classifies themselves as ’emo’ it does not mean that you will or have or do self harm. We all know there are people who do self harm it does not make them emo, those people need to speak to someone and get the help that they need. Just because there are people who self harm and identify themselves as emo does not make the entire sub culture the same. Which brings me on to my next point, emo music. Now this is something that will divide the masses, Emo music is a genre, which if you think about it isn’t very different from the power ballads of the 80’s which a lot of people still listen to know, so how come in the 80’s it was fine but now we have the emo sub culture suddenly it’s no longer acceptable. Why? It makes no sense, a lot of people will not agree with this but My Chemical Romance’s “The Black Parade” album WAS emo, whether the band like it or not or some fans get annoyed about it, it doesn’t change the fact that it is emo, now because of the negative connotations in the media after the release of this album MCR were blamed for a lot of bad stuff, not dissimilar from Marilyn Manson getting blamed for travesties. And it’s because of things like this that people have their negative ideas about a completely harmless sub culture, we probably all know someone who identifies themselves as emo and that is fine, there is nothing wrong with that, you don’t get people having ago at goths for being in that sub culture so why should you do it to emos? So next time you decide to post a tweet saying things like “people who call themselves emo make me sick” and “why would you even want to be emo” remember they are people just like the rest of us, just because they don’t dress the same as you or listen to the same music as you doesn’t make them bad, they just identify with a different group to what you consider to be the norm. So I guess the main point of this is to say to you, lay of off other people because your tweets are considered a form of internet bullying if someone takes offence to it, let them live their lives how they want to, they don’t tell you how to live your life so don’t do it to them. Just remember emo is an abbreviation of emotional, so why bully or hate someone for being in tune with their emotions?