My Chemical Romance: The Hate They Receive

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12 May 2009, 3:05

Copied from my post on I Hate Music Snobs:

Out of the artists I listen to, My Chemical Romance is certainly the most bashed and bullied band (both on and off net). I can't get through first period without hearing a remark against them - or me, for liking the band. There was one instance when I was in an 8th grade classroom making up a test (I'm in 7th), and a boy from said class felt it necessary to turn around, and tell me that "My Chemical Romance suck." I had no idea who this kid was, and would most likely never see him again; but because I was wearing the band's hoodie, he felt it was necessary to express his opinions. Not to mention all of the "My Chemical Romance should die" messages I've read on the bathroom stalls, and similar things etched on desks. Their last.fm page is littered with trolls, to the point where I might say there are more hate shouts than those from fans. The media has attacked them countless times: claiming they promote violence, glamorize suicide/self-injury, are responsible for multiple teen suicides, are leaders of a "dangerous emo death cult", among many other ridiculous things. Fans have been beaten by strangers to the point of hospitalization (at random and during festivals), and harassment in public places is disturbingly common - all just for wearing a t-shirt. There is this gross stigma that the band and their fans are all "bad, trouble making people who are also emo and cut for fun". I've had numerous adults give me disapproving looks upon noticing any band merchandise I may be wearing, and there are even some teachers at our school that will vocally announce they think the band is a bad influence on kids. A few fans have reported being called down to guidance, or checked on by teachers because they were concerned these kids were self-harming. Their reason? People thought they were "emo" for listening to the band, and therefore must cut themselves. Numerous rumors have been started about me personally stating that I take drugs, cut myself, and want to die. When I asked why they think these things, their response is always "'because you listen to My Chemical Romance". I'm not going to lie, I've had my struggles in the past with depression; but none of it was caused because I listened to a band, and My Chemical Romance actually helped me through it. Which I think is the most frustrating part of this situation: the band has always aimed to help kids through the uglier spots in life (see: thankyoumcr.net), and now everyone is twisting that around and claiming just the opposite.

It's absolutely ridiculous, and needs to stop now.

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  • Furretsu

    I think the fact that you're in 7th grade has a lot to do with it. ;)

    12 May 2009, 3:46
  • FelonErika

    I am positive my grade has something to do with the amount of hate I confront. However, the kids getting hurt are generally older than me - ranging from late teens to those in their twenties - and the majority of online trolls are defiantly old enough to realize what they're doing is immature. Not to mention those newspaper articles are written by adults, who are payed for their writing. It does stretch beyond the middle school age group, and that is probably the most disturbing part of it.

    12 May 2009, 3:59
  • xtiandeth

    First off, let me say you write extremely well for your grade. As far as the musical criticism, whenever a band gets popular very quickly, and can easily be tied to a particular 'scene', this sort of thing is bound to happen. Add to this the fact that MCR, while competant really isn't too terribly impressive. I'm sure they've got something that makes people like them, but everything they do, I've heard someone already do it better. And as for the more social aspect, as much as people like to think that they're unique and uncategorizable, in reality people fit very nicely into little boxes. And unfortunately, a lot of these boxes look similar to the untrained eye. What you're experiencing on a personal level is the same as what I experienced during my goth years in my teens. To a lot of people, MSR fans look a lot like goths, and they've gotten the stuck with same stereotypes that goths have had to live with for a LONG time. And while I personally can tell a Bauhaus fan from a Pantera from a MCR fan, a lot of people can't, and so they all get treated the same. People get falsley informed by the news and soccer-mom chain e-mails (I'm sure a quick search on youtube can show you plenty of these news stories). You'll either get used to it or you'll grow out of it. I did a little of both.

    12 May 2009, 5:53
  • NeedleDee

    I find myself wondering how many with that attitude have even listened to My Chemical Romance? Sounds like the same mentality when Judas Priest became popular in the 80's and the claimed their albums had messages when played backwards. The same mentality these days that leads people to believe Metal bands and fans are all into satan worship.

    13 May 2009, 23:16
  • zombieherald

    a lot of assumptions about your mental stability based on the music you listen to goes away in high school. that sounds like bs, but by 10th grade most people start to realize that stereotypes of any kind are incredibly misleading. so hang in there

    15 May 2009, 20:20
  • XmypaperheartXX

    Wow that's ridiculous! I know what you mean though.. some kid who didn't even know me told me to kill myself cuz I like MCR. He was a greasy deathmetal head.. a lot of those tend to be judgemental.. I told the kid to take a shower, haha. Honestly, I think the reason other kids bash MCR and the like are because they want to make themselves seem "cool" and by putting others down they feel better. And the teachers.. well they're buying into the CRAP the media says. I'm guessing they don't even know what "emo" is. MCR isn't even emo, I'd say it's alternative or something close to it. Emo was originally a subgenre of punk rock music that began in the mid/late 1980's with bands like the Rites of Spring, and then continued into the 90s splitting off into emocore, post-emo and indie emo with bands such as Fugazi, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Promise Ring, The Get Up Kids, etc.. Some bands of recent years such as The Early November and even the old old Taking Back Sunday stuff can be argued to have originated from emo/emocore, but MCR, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco.. NOT even close to emo. They just get labeled as such due to the lack of knowledge among the media. So those teachers have no idea what they're talking about. That being said.. I listen to the bands that I mentioned AREN'T emo and get labeled as such AND some of the bands that really ARE emo. =] And honestly, I don't see why any of it gets hate. People are idiots.

    18 May 2009, 17:28
  • Cacophonaut

    The above comment is correct to some extent about the nature of the genre, but the definition of a term is more or less definied by the majority. Emo WAS a subgenre of hardcore. Now, thanks to popularisation of the influences at the heart of the original genre, and because of all the modern pop-rock bands who claim the originals as influences, the genre has mutated into its own form of pop-rock.

    12 Jun 2009, 17:20
  • Cacophonaut

    And about teachers getting the wrong idea, conservative attitudes to musical trends are always ignorant and badly informed, its best to ignore them. Same with the attitudes to the band you encounter from others. They are misinformed, basing their image of you on your attire. I think perhaps the answer to this problem is to stop advertising your musical allegiances in your clothing. Yeah, you should have the right to and all that but its not that simple, right?

    12 Jun 2009, 17:40
  • lovelesscurse

    You are so right. All of this happens; actually. But I don't understand why people always talk before they know anything; I mean, nobody took their time to listen, or to read the lyrics! As you say, MCR actually helps you get over it. I knew them last year, and I was going through a horrible time, but listening to them made me realize about a lot of things. And I can name some other people I know that thanks MCR for helping them. And well, all of us who listen to them, know that MCR is NOT emo. They said it! They said We're not emo. So, why is all the stupid people saying they're emo and they make you cut yourself, when it's totally the opposite! So, I don't like to discuss with those posers; just let them miss one of the best bands on earth. Congratulations for writing this, I support it.

    13 Jun 2009, 14:35
  • FreakingNoah

    Great article.

    9 Jul 2009, 13:51
  • LadyNightfaLL

    everytime i hear people saying self injury is in any way related with this ridiculous "emo" trend, i wish the atom bomb would finally drop. (also considering that none of these people actually know what emo is, but i'm glad it has already been mentioned in the comments here.) but what makes me almost as angry is when people say they had their "struggles with depression" when they probably know shit about what depression really is. a lot of people equal "tough time", being sad=depression, which is dead wrong. a real clinical depression is so much worse, my god. i don't know which is the case with the author of this blog, but most 14,15year olds today are that way. just a side note... oh and excuse mah english, pls.

    8 May 2010, 4:52
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