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  • Frank Huxtable
    July 29, 2011 - 11:43

    This article is ridiculous. The people involved in thsi crime were obviously misguided and have many issues, besides the music they listen. How does one having an abundance of tattoos have anything to do with how one acts, or the person 'they are trying to emulate'?. You quoted Kanye West and Big Sean in your article?! That is so comical I don't even knowwhere to begin as neither of these artists are anywhere clsoe to violent or being 'gangsters'. How do you know they are not 'metal heads'? In the 80's didnt everyone will skull tattoos get classified as a punk or a metal head? Dis that musical preference have anything to do with how they acted in real life? This article is a joke...

  • Frankie Venom
    July 20, 2011 - 06:17

    The tragic murder of Mr. Winsor last week and the earlier one involving a young man in Paradise earlier this summer are very, very sad indeed ... But, as far as the Gangsta look goes ... well, youth have always adopted the fashion of the disenfranchised ... in the 50's it was the "Greaser" culture of Marlon Brando's "Wild One" and James Dean's moody pout. The 60's saw young folk adopt the Hippie subculture and during the 70's it was the Shock Rock and anger of the Punk movement ... I could go on, but you get the picture. As the youth of any decade eventually move into adulthood, the majority also move past the ridulous fashion and attitudes of their formative years ...

  • pamframtonspov
    July 18, 2011 - 19:06

    Ms.Frampton's ignorance on the root issues of violence amoung young people is astounding. In my opinion, you have no real knowledge of what you are talking about, and in my opinion it appears you are riding on the coat tails of a recent tragedy to sell papers and have people read your coloumn. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but a young man just died and two other young men are in jail. A tragedy all around, and to be quoting lyrics of rap songs? Such disrespect and ignorance!

  • David
    July 17, 2011 - 17:13

    Whenever I see these "Newfie ghetto kids", I have a great laugh. It is absolutely hilarious...kind of Monty Pythonesque.....to see such a juxtapostion of environemnts as the edge of the barren, destitue North Atlantic and inner-city underprivileged Black America. .......BTW, why do you think young black Americans don't dress up in wool clothes and rubber boots like young, poor outport fishermen from 1960? Becasue they know that it would be totally, effing, out-to-lunch strange, that's why...d'uh!!

  • Skeptical Cynic
    July 17, 2011 - 10:50

    John captured it correctly, these lost little aholes are just play-acting what they interpret as being "cool" as per the latest (c)rap videos . As soon as they step out of line they should be dealt with swiftly and harshly by the law... see how cool they think they are then. Eventually tho, if they stay alive, one of these days reality will hit them like a smack in the face. Imagine how ridiculous they'll look still sporting those garish tattoos when they turn 40, 50,etc etc. Maybe they'll be picked up by a travelling carnival or something. Good Riddance.

  • Tammy
    July 17, 2011 - 09:58

    John has it right...most of those kids are posers. I live in LA, have taught in South Central and my husband is a Sergeant with the LAPD, many of the so called gangsters wouldn't last 5 mins here! And truthfully many of the kids that I taught in that area looked at pictures of rural Newfoundland and listened to my stories of home and thought that kids there were rich beyond reason! Perspective is a wonderful thing!

  • John
    July 17, 2011 - 08:04

    Kids, and apparently people in their early 20's, have this attitude because it seems edgy and they like to think they are shocking people, they're emulating what they see on TV, but especially in a place like Newfoundland, they have no idea what life is like for actual gangsters, they're posers. I'd like to see one of the so called gangsters try to survive 10 minutes somewhere like south Los Angeles. This kind of thing has been happening in cities and towns all over the world for years, it's becoming more prevalent here but it was bound to happen. These misguided fools are going to try to one up each other whenever they get the chance, they feel tough because they know there is no real threat to them if everyone is scared, again, if there were real gangsters here, these idiots would wet their pants.

  • mary
    July 16, 2011 - 21:13

    'Let’s face it, education campaigns probably won’t reach people who have only ever attended the school of hard knocks." Isn't that an assumption about those who aspire to the "gangsta culture", that they "have only ever attended the school of hard knocks."

  • james
    July 16, 2011 - 09:26

    it,s like what attracts women to bad boys may be you can answer that one