The always-surly Russian Parliament is drafting legislation to ban emo and goth music. Said the Moscow Times:
"State Duma deputies, Public Chamber members and social conservatives have hammered out legislation aimed at heading off the spread of emo culture, which they describe as a 'dangerous teen trend.'"
An annoying teen trend, yes. But dangerous? I'm no fan of emo...in fact, listening the My Chemical Romance makes me want to punch kittens. But these awkward, unhappy kids need their music too, dammit. Like Voltaire once famously intoned: "I may hate your music with an unholy passion, but I will defend to the death your right to waste your time listening to it". I'm paraphrasing, but you get the point.
So, to arms! Thanks to KH for the link.