Published Apr 09, 2008Depicting the extremities within the straight edge community would be perfect fodder for a documentary. The National Geographic Channel sure thinks so, enough to make one and get long-time punker Thurston Moore to narrate the thing.
Airing tonight at 10:00 EST, Inside: Straight Edge is an hour-long examination that uncovers the abstinent, contradictory and divided world of those who brand themselves with "X tatts and refrain from drugs, booze and smoke.
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Heres the official NG sell:
Youth can be a minefield: drugs, sex, violence, and peer pressure. One group has an extreme way of dealing with it. They call themselves Straight Edge, and while they are being classified as a violent gang in areas such as Salt Lake City and Reno, they aren't like any other gang you know: they reject drugs, drinking, smoking, and even casual sex. They're rebels against a society in which everything goes. National Geographic goes inside this growing youth movement caught between being a refuge for Americas kids and a dangerous gang wanted by authorities.