I think it's important to note that when it comes to parents and their attitudes towards their Goth-inclined offspring, not everyone is as intolerant as this guy:
(P.S. Maybe his grades are crap because he's being picked on in school and beaten up, and maybe instead of taking the piss out of him on national TV you should be trying to encourage and support him to be his own person? Just a thought.)
I would also like to point out that the stereotyping can often run both ways. For example, my mum, whilst not a Goth, is certainly Goth-friendly - she has some pieces in her wardrobe that I'm highly jealous of, she sometimes comes to concerts and other events with me because she enjoys both the music and the atmosphere, and not once has she ever expressed concern or disapproval over my tastes, my appearance, or who I choose to be friends with (whether they're Goth or not).
Even my body mods have barely raised an eyebrow, except when I was thinking about getting my tongue pierced - she felt that a piercing inside the mouth was 'inappropriate', but she didn't forbid me and now that I've got it she's used to it. She even helped me shave my head when I wanted an undershave.
However, at a Goth festival we attended last summer, during one of the club nights, one of the lovely people I met at the fest took Mum aside whilst I was fixing my face in the ladies' room. She told Mum that she shouldn't worry about me being a Goth, that Goths aren't scary or dangerous, and implied that, at 18 (as I was then) I didn't really need a parental chaperone at Goth events as I would be safe.
Mum was a little bit bemused. As she told me later, she hadn't once considered that I would be unsafe or that Goths were 'scary' - "They're just people!" Frankly, I think she was slightly upset that the very nice lady had thought she was being an overbearing parent, when she had come along to dance, see some live bands, sightsee and shop, just like everyone else at the event. But because she was my parent, people automatically assumed that she was trying to guard me rather than keeping me company and having a good time together.
|Mum and me in York for DV8 Fest|
Not all parents find it easy to be tolerant of a child's choices, particularly if they believe negative stereotypes and think that Goth relates to drugs, sex, devil-worship or all those other connotations. But it may be worth remembering that not all parents disapprove of their child's lifestyle, either.