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Homophobic violence in Mexico threatens a youth culture sub-group- The Emos

There is a wave of homophobic violence currently rolling across Mexico against a youth sub-culture group called ‘Emos’, short for ‘Emotionals’. A quick look at youtube.com shows video after video in Spanish threatening these young teenagers with violence, usually for being considered effiminate and weak. You tube should be ashamed to allow this hate material to clog up its network as it is currently allowing.

Several violent attacks have occurred against EMO teenagers across Mexico and the Mexican federal government has had to step in. One gets the idea though that it is more to protect their tourism industry than for any other reason. This government is not known for its promotion of tolerance and multi-culturalism, with the ruling party, the PAN itself, having a long history of homophobic rhetoric employed in its political campaigns.

One notable feature of this wave of homophobic violence in Mexico, was the encouragement by the semi official Mexican TV network, Televisa, in the initial attacks against Emos, but now the realization that this wave of Nazi like behavior might actually hurt Mexico’s international image has braked their zeal for abusing young teenagers. What a cowardly media Mexico has! It reminds one of Fox News right here in the US.

See Mexico’s Emo-Bashing Problem for some reportage in the US of this situation.

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