I was shocked by an article I just read in The Daily Mail about a goth guy called Dani, who enjoys leading his girlfriend Tasha around on a leash, who was chucked off a bus by the driver who said, "We don't let freaks and dogs like you on."
No I'm not shocked so much because the bus driver was rude to this besotted couple who go everywhere together joined at the leash. No, it was more the shock of, goodness me, are Goths still going?
Me as a psychobilly (not really) - but I did have a quiff for a while
They were definitely not a London thing when I was growing up. You had to dress like a rockabilly (we called ourselves psychobillies) when I was fourteen, then I went through a parka wearing mod phase, and after that I passed into a kind of Frankie Says Relax vortex of black and white tight skirts and pastel makeup until a hippie phase and finally baggy jeans and aaaacccciiiidd! When I first encountered clusters of goths at university they seemed to me like an alien race, reminding me rather of potatoes left in the dark to sprout. How can white makeup and eyeliner ever be sexy on a man? Can someone please enlighten me? And why are goths either super skinny or fat as hell?
Okay, so Tasha and Dani may have a case, they complained to the bus company of being "victimised" and now their complaint is being "looked into."
Yes, to some degree I am sympathetic, but I also want to say, look love, don't blame bus drivers for taking the piss if you're wearing a fashion that went out in the early nineties.
"It is definitely discrimination, almost like a hate crime," 19-year-old Tasha said yesterday. "I am a pet, I generally act animal like and I lead a really easy life. I don't cook or clean and I don't go anywhere without Dani. It might seem strange but it makes us both happy. It's my culture and my choice. It isn't hurting anyone."
A word to the wise Tasha, your crime isn't being walked on a leash by your boyfriend, it is a crime against fashion. Look at any youth fashion and it has so much more going than the goth look.
Punks were stylish in their day:
As were mods:
So, yes I would have a lot more sympathy for their dog like adoration and being kicked off the bus if they'd been say, wearing skinny jeans and mullets or whatever the kids are wearing these days.
That aside, I don't really fancy being taken anywhere on a leash myself. I wouldn't mind having a sexy guy on a leash though....like maybe this guy, if he ever puts his mixing spoon down (no of course he isn't gay):
What about you, who would you like to put on a long chain and drag around?
Who am I? Displaced Londoner now living in the States with my two little girlies and long suffering husband. Co-author of hilarious parenting book Cocktails at Naptime www.cocktailsatnaptime.com
My mom's an Austrian, my dad's a Brit, which makes me a Britaustrian, or possibly an Austrish?