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Saturday, 29 January 2011

Russia's Goth ban



Yes, the Russian Government really was in the process of drafting a law to make emo and Goth music illegal. I don't know if the proposed ban was carried out or not, but - well, wow. And not in a good way. What more would this law entail? Regulation of Goth and emo-themed websites; and a ban on people dressed in Goth or emo fashions entering schools (!) or government buildings.

In the draft, these subcultures are described as a 'dangerous teen trend', and, interestingly, in an article I read on the subject, it said that 'young people' would not be allowed to enter government buildings in Goth clothing. Is this because they don't think that adults wear Goth clothes, or does this ban literally only apply to young Goths and emos? Either way, it's a little strange.

I am not entirely sure that the government should have the right to dictate how people dress and what music they listen to. In fact, I think that's stupid, ridiculous, and smacks just a little bit of fascism. Apparently this law will protect young people from depression, suicide and self-harm - I think the authorities of Russia will be in for a surprise. I expect they will discover that banning Goth will not have any effect on the teen suicide rate whatsoever, because I don't think that Goth music or fashion has any connection to suicide.

Honestly, wouldn't they do better to look into the causes of depression and mental health issues and find a sensible, logical way to protect young people instead of drafting legislations based on schoolyard stereotypes and silly misconceptions? I'm not sure what it says about the people running this country; making assumptions about an entire group of people and then legislating against them is generally known as discrimination, last I checked - and making these laws without, apparently, bothering to research what they are actually banning is idiocy, pure and simple.

Let's just hope that this frankly quite worrying approach to mental health concerns and treatment of subcultural enthusiasts does not begin a trend amongst other governments...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is, I guess, is some heritage from Soviet times, when everyone looking out of the norm were put to mental institutions. They did it to hippies and to punks. There are still a lot of remnants of that totalitarian narrow-mindness in the government of todays Russia.

Laurel said...

I'm with the first commenter. But that doesn't mean it isn't ridiculous. It looks like just aother case of being afraid of what isn't understood. And of course, what isn't understood must be gotten rid of, by any means necessary. Things like this make my love-hate relationship with humanity border very much on the side of dislike. I'm going to conjecture that the suicide rate among Russian teens might actually go up, because being stuffed into one of society's little boxes can lead to feelings of hopelessness.

Stephanie said...

That's just too extreme. If the kids are sitting around in a park surrounded by friends, enjoying the sunshine [like the kids they chose to tape], then how do they at all look depressed or suicidal in any way. I was in high school just three short years ago, and from my view, no "trendstyle" was more likely to commit suicide and be depressed. It's just the same thing over and over again, when a new subculture emerges [like punk, hippie, goth, emo, ect], people freak out thinking that it's an unusual "fight against authority", when most of these kids are just fascinated or feel like they fit in for the first time ever. Shame on them if they ban it.

Helen said...

I have to agree that, if a law were to be approved banning goth clothing or, God forbid, goth music, there would definitely be a lot more goth teens and adults with depression or committing suicide. Ironically, they would be confirming their own fallacious notions about goths. Being ridiculed and looked down upon for your appearance or musical tastes is one thing, but not being able to express yourself can lead to a much more serious identity crisis. I'd also like to say that, just ONCE, I'd like to see someone in journalism actually interview experts on these types of subcultures and not just go with their assumptions, or don't they know that stereotyping people based on identities other than race, religion or ethnicity is wrong, too?

Emily Lynn G. said...

I also agree with the first commenter....poor Russia.

Angel of Darkness said...

Wow, that is just sad. Russia doesn't sound like a great place to live. And this is only just like slipping back into communism!

ETERNITY KIDZ said...

Its hardly a question of fashion or teen suicides. The fall of the country's economy in the 90's almost led to anarchy. Even today, they've still got the red mafia controlling half of the market and terrorist attacks every few months. They probably think that these "deviant" teens will soon become another problem for the government; so their idea is stop it early on.
Total BS, of course. Censorship is no way to run a country. It only gives way to more problems.

Mysteria_Violent said...

Well, actually I am from Russia and as far as know the subcultures are not banned. And it's not remnants of a totalitarism, it's just the russian orthodox chirch, they consider goths and other guys who look quete different to be satanists. That's why they try to make subcultures illegal. And thats why i want to move to Germany or Norway.. Anywhere from here!

ilikebiscuits2k11 said...

Ok, so I'm half Russian and I go there every summer.
Most of the trends in America or England go there, and, without really knowing much about them, teens in Russia sort of pick them up.
The government just doesn't understand the true meaning of 'goth', it just sees the Russian teens acting in a way they think is 'goth' or 'emo'.
IT CERTAINLY IS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SOVIET UNION.

Also, 2 years ago I had to go to the doctor in Russia and my mum made me take my spiked collar and eyeliner off. LOLOL. Proper annoyed me but there you go.
Even though-shhh- I was a mallgoth :'D

Anonymous said...

I love how the translator had this super aggressive tone when the first kid was talking xD And then the reporter herself was OTT. Who the heck talks like that?

Gulag said...

As a russophile, and a goth, this made me very sad ;_;

And there was no such treatment towards "alternatives" in the former Soviet Union (when the Russian orthodox church was mostly banned, WIN). This has nothing to do with remnants of communism, which was actually (according to many witnesses) a far more socially liberal time. The Soviet Union did change dramatically throughout it's years in existence.

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