Emo March: The Daily Mail Responds
Amid the My Chemical Romance protest, which took place this weekend at Marble Arch, The Daily Mail have sent a statement to Xfm justifying their 'Emo' article and you can read the whole thing right here...
The Daily Mail has defended it's coverage of Emo and My Chemical Romance, saying they feel they've been "balanced, and restrained". In a statement, emailed to Xfm as hundreds of fans gathered outside their offices in Central London, they said they believe their articles are in the public interest.
Here's that statement in full:
"The Daily Mail’s coverage of the “Emo” movement has been balanced,
restrained and above all, in the public interest.
Genuine concerns were raised at the inquest earlier this month on 13
year old Emo follower Hannah Bond who had been self-harming and then
tragically killed herself.
The Coroner found " the Emo overtones concerning death and associating
it with glamour very disturbing."
Her mother had told the inquest that Hannah had been obsessed with My
Chemical Romance whose hit number one on their last album was called The
Mrs Bond told the court ;"In Emo it is a very glamorous death to hang
yourself. The band she was into, the music she was into-the whole thing
is based on the black parade which is all about dying. "She called Emo a
fashion and I thought it was normal. I didn't know about the cuts." Her
father said he had seen cuts on her wrists and his daughter had told him
they “ were an Emo initiation.”
In common with other newspapers we ran an accurate news story recording
the Coroner's remarks and the parents' comments. We also published two
other articles, one of which explained the background to the Hannah
tragedy in calm and un-sensational language.
The other was a first person opinion piece by a well-known writer,
written from the perspective of a mother concerned for her children.
We have also run two prominent page lead letters from an Emo music fan
and from a fan of My Chemical Romance defending their point of view. Our
music critic admires the music of the band and publicised the band’s UK
tour last year.
Since this protest was announced a great deal of misinformation has
appeared on the internet, much of which confuses what the Daily Mail has
actually published with the comments of web site readers and “blogs”
over which we have no control and which have stirred up emotions.
We note it has been pointed out by others that all this provides
wonderful publicity for Warners and their impending release of My
Chemical Romance's latest album.
The Daily Mail is a broad church and is always ready to listen to the
views of readers. We do, however, suggest those who want to protest or
comment read everything we have published and act on fact not rumour."
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