Daniel Howell and Anthony Padilla have an important message for the internet: stop emo shaming. (And possibly delete any and all MySpace photos that may exist of you online.)
Daniel and Anthony are back again with another amazing collaboration. As former emos themselves, they are fully qualified to share with their audiences their experiences of this My–Chemical–Romance-listening, black-nail-painting, hair-straightening time of their lives. (Seriously though, how many hair straighteners do you think they went through between the two of them?!)
“You might not know from looking at us now, but ten years ago we were both fully emo,” says Daniel, bravely. Anthony urges emo, former emo, and non-emo people alike to “please, stop making fun of your friends who used to be emo”.
Those dark times (both metaphorical and literal if emo fashion taste is anything to go by) have had more long-term consequences than most people realise. “I’ve been left with so many issues that I’m still dealing with today,” Anthony reveals.
In some shocking footage, the video demonstrates the extent that their emo past has affected the pair. This includes emo sleepwalking, serious reactions to single G piano notes (*starts singing uncontrollably* “When I was / a young boy…”), and their inability to wear shorts.
They also warn of the “dangerous enabling behaviour” that can occur when two former emos are put into the same room together. Lets just say, the results are truly catastrophic. Especially for those with any aversion to Panic! At The Disco.
It seems that the two have come out the other side of their emo phase as brighter, more curly-haired people, with Anthony leaving us with one final poignant statement: “If we all work together, we can pretend this phase never happened and move on with our lives.”
It’s hard to imagine that anyone would still be in their emo phase today, after seeing these brave young men sharing their story. Especially anyone with the name Phil Lester…
Check out our Video Spotlights on Jack Howard’s interview with Christopher Nolan, or the adorably moving interaction between Oliver Potter and his five-year-old brother as they discuss Oliver coming out as gay.