Emo is a subculture that originated from goth, which itself originated from punk.
Bluntly put, Emos are Goths on estrogen.
The subculture revolves around self-deprecation, which is the result of serious depression. Most emos are 'posers' that do not actually have any mental conditions.
The whole emo subculture has been a commercial creation since it's inception, with all emo bands and clothing made by corporations worth millions. This contrasts with the original mentalities behind punk, emos father of sorts. The attitude of emo also greatly contrasts with the gothic mentality, the direct father of emo.
Emo music runs true to the emo spirit, with 'cry-baby' lyrics. The music is generally similar to the pop-punk movement of the 90's.
Some diehard emos try to find some credibility with the subculture, but they all fail miserably. Emo is something of a laughing stock within the alternative music community, alongside other overrated fads such as sXe (Straight Edge).
Emo is slowly losing popularity as the new MySpace, FaceBook and liveJournal fad 'Scene' is creeping in.
WARNING: If you intend to emo it up, slice up, not across. Actually, if you are Emo, SLICE ACROSS! Do us all a favour.
Tweek: Hey Ricky, what's up?
Ricky: Go away, I'm cutting.
Tweek: What?! Why?
Ricky: Because I got called an emo today, and I'm totally misunderstood.
Tweek: Fuck you, stupid bitch Emo!
Ricky: I'm not an Emo! -cries and slices-
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