Posted in metal | music on March 12, 2012

Iraqi Flag

The BBC reports:

Dozens of Iraqi teenagers have been killed in recent months by militias who consider them to be devil worshippers, human rights activists claim.

The young people are described as "emos", a term used in the West to refer to youths who listen to rock music and wear alternative clothing.

Reports say that up to 58 teenagers have been beaten to death or shot in the last month, most of them men.

Iraq's interior ministry recently described emos as devil worshippers.

In Iraq, the term emo is also conflated with homosexuality, which although legal is socially and religiously taboo.

Militias in Baghdad's conservative Shia neighbourhood of Sadr City have distributed leaflets with the names of 20 young people they say should be punished.

In a statement on his website, Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr described emo youths as "crazy and fools", but said they should be dealt with within the law.

"They are a plague on Muslim society, and those responsible should eliminate them through legal means," he said. -[BBC]

No matter what your thoughts are on the music, don't take your freedoms for granted.

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Tags: emo, Iraq

Comments (37)

Man, that's shitty.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:38 PM

Why wasn't this happening in the US when Scream-O bands were on the scene in the early 2000's? Any person wearing parachute pants with thousands of zippers should have been beaten. However, I think I just described more than half of the people that read this blog.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:41 PM

that puts a solemn spin on the immature fighting over bands that blights this message board on a daily basis doesn't it?

Everytime a discussion on here degrades into a band war, someone should really just link to this post.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:43 PM

Moqtada al-Shithead

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:43 PM

"In Iraq, the term emo is also conflated with homosexuality"

Really no different here in the US.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:46 PM

Oh man the comments on this one should be hilarious

This is a terrible story though

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:46 PM

Story is fake. Remember, Islam is a religion of peace.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:47 PM

i think we should send them skrillex to appease the murderers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:49 PM

Such a great idea

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:49 PM

@1:47 How is this act of violence by muslims any different than some white guys in texas dragging a black man behind a truck until hes turned into human pulp? delusion is strong in the usa.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 2:04 PM

It's not the same, 2:04. While both acts are carried on by ignorant members of society, what's going on in Iraq is being carried out in the name of religion, and is actually being supported by the local government.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 2:22 PM

tsk-tsk, Iran is always years behind the current scene. In 15 years, we'll be getting reports that "hipsters" will be targeted.....

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 2:34 PM

2:34:interesting. Except Iran and Iraq are two completely different countries.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 2:51 PM

This website is the worst. Anyone who would make light of a story like this... well, you don't deserve the freedoms you currently take for granted.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 2:52 PM

2:52, read the last line of the story. Or, by "this website", do you mean the people leaving comments, who aren't actually "the website"?

Posted by Dave | March 12, 2012 2:57 PM

I bet Kony is behind this somehow

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 3:17 PM

I would be absolutely shocked if @3:13 is over 19 years old...

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 3:18 PM

Remember when this emo bashing shit was going down in Mexico?

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 3:24 PM

this does not bump sales for braid's back catalogue.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 4:09 PM

@ "Iran is always years behind the current scene" They're lucky that they have a scene

Posted by robert | March 12, 2012 4:32 PM

Iraq has a pretty fucking badass flag.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 5:06 PM

Islamofascism at its best.
Destroy religion, destroy fascism.

Posted by jma689 | March 12, 2012 5:34 PM

Hey I'm 20 and I just discovered Richard Dawkins and now I hate religion!

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 6:03 PM

I wonder what Nick Dipaolo thinks about this?

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 6:15 PM

Just another example of the middle east being a buzzkill.

Worst place ever. #stupidassholes

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 6:33 PM

what they got to be emo about? I mean you can go and buy a woman...why would anyone be upset...no booze kinda sucks but it gives you more chance to get good at women..

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 6:54 PM

The only good thing about the middle east is their abundance of chickpea based dinners.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 7:45 PM

"what they got to be emo about? I mean you can go and buy a woman...why would anyone be upset"
I think the women would be upset.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 8:27 PM

Muslims would never bash some kid in the head w a chunk of concrete for being gay + dressing emo, or beat protesters w rubber hoses, or twist their ankle until their leg breaks, or tie a guy's penis shut, or stone women in public, or crash planes into buildings. no way. personally I think the CIA is behind the emo bashing.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 8:29 PM

Yeah.

Posted by myfriend | March 13, 2012 4:32 AM

Possibly a new low for comments on this site.

Posted by You guys suck | March 13, 2012 12:09 PM

Lol, too many My Chemical Romance lovers to count, maybe they should do the same here

Posted by Sam | March 13, 2012 5:25 PM

"Why wasn't this happening in the US when Scream-O bands were on the scene in the early 2000's?"

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2012 2:27 PM

1:41, those bands are still around. Guess I won't be seeing you at the warped tour this year; personally, I'm pretty excited to see The Used. You jelly?

"How is this act of violence by muslims any different than some white guys in texas dragging a black man behind a truck until hes turned into human pulp? delusion is strong in the usa."

2:04, Well, for starters, the black guy was probably a "rap". Did you even read the story?

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2012 1:05 PM

taking back sunday

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2012 7:39 PM

hahahaha , The only good thing about the middle east is their abundance of chickpea based dinners.

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