This is old news now, but because it really shocked me at the time I felt it should be posted - apologies to those of you who already know about this disgusting attack.
Nowadays not every woman dreams of getting married, but for many women (and, OK, some men too), Goths and non-Goths alike, their wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of their lives. The bride is made to feel beautiful and special; the point of the entire day is a celebration of love.
Not so much for Lucy Emmingham. Aged 21, Lucy spent her wedding night in hospital after being pushed down a flight of concrete steps by a gang of thugs.
To begin with, all was well. The smiling bride and groom (Edward, who at the time was 26) and their entourage of black-clad bridesmaids enjoyed a pink-and-black Goth-themed ceremony on Halloween. At about a quarter past midnight, as most of the guests were making their way home, Lucy and her new husband were on the steps outside the venue waiting for a taxi. Three men came along and began insulting Lucy, making abusive comments about her dress and appearance. Lucy said, "Edward politely asked them to stop and the three of them turned nasty."
|The wedding party|
Source: Mirror (read full article here)
Lucy said, "I could have fractured my skull or died. Police are trying to get CCTV footage and I hope they find the men. They were thugs looking for trouble and ought to be locked up."
Her mother Andrea also stated, "She has a massive black eye and bruises all over. She's also completely skinned her forearms. Those men ruined a wonderful day. Lucy looks a little different but to taunt and attack her because of that is disgusting. Luckily she was fit enough to travel so they have flown to Turkey on honeymoon. They [Lucy and Edward] are shaken up and I only hope they can enjoy it."
This happened in 2009, and I still can't even find words to rant about it. I'm sorry, but no matter how a couple dresses, that doesn't give anyone the right to abuse them at all, let alone whilst they are giddy with romance following one of the most important ceremonies in their lives. And call me old-fashioned, but the fact that a group of men decided to set about a 21-year-old bride makes me want to vomit. Had she fallen badly, she could have broken her neck. And tearing a piercing out of a young woman's lip? That's not even brawling, that's just torturous and cruel.
These men were obviously real nasty pieces of work - somehow I don't think they were tipped over the edge by Lucy's pink hair and mini top hat. They were just sickos out to hurt somebody - black clothing and an uncoventional appearance is not a reason to be violent, it's just what these morons use as an excuse to justify their depravity: they can convince themselves that 'freaks' deserve it.
How dare people treat others like this for choosing to look different? Or for being gay, or following a different religion, or for any other goddamned reason? Some people have no conscience at all. Cliche though it may be, I hope they find out that karma is a bitch.