EMA released a brand new single and accompanying video on Tuesday with all the proceeds going to an anti-bullying charity.
The footage from the video for Take One Two comes from a South Dakota trailer park in the mid-90s. It features Erika M Anderson and her group of misfit friends dressing up and hanging out.
EMA explains the video: “This footage comes from a South Dakota trailer park in the mid-90s, and features a small group of freaks and misfits who seem to be having the time of their lives. Dressing up, hanging out, making up funny skits, and lots of laughing. When I look back now at our fresh young faces (yes that is me with the short dark hair and cat-eye liner), I’m amazed at how simply happy we all look. This is especially remarkable as I know what was going on outside those plywood walls: getting called names, shoved into lockers, and threatening to get our asses kicked for being queer or punk or just plain weird.
“But despite all that, there is a joy, strength and self-acceptance in our faces that I find inspiring and wanted to pass on. I’m offering the proceeds of this song to an anti-bullying non-profit started by a 15-yr-old girl in Long Island who was a victim of bullying for 7 years before switching schools. It’s called The Jamie Isaacs Foundation (www.jamieisaacsfoundation.org) and it works to bring youth advocates into schools and pass anti-bullying legislation.
“This one’s for all the weirdoes out there: cherish your friends, fuck the haters and let your freak flag fly.”
You can buy the single now from iTunes and can help make a difference to other people’s lives.