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Q: Tokio Hotel (rock group of young artists) , a role model in Germany ? ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Tokio Hotel (rock group of young artists) , a role model in Germany ?
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: labret-ga
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Posted: 25 Aug 2006 03:41 PDT
Expires: 24 Sep 2006 03:41 PDT
Question ID: 759384
The young rock group 'Tokio Hotel' is very popular in Germany. Their
'appearance' is rather wild (though the music is still more important
then the image I think). But do groups like this influence youngsters
to behave (and dress) like these guys ? Is there any 'role model'
effect ?
Subject: Re: Tokio Hotel (rock group of young artists) , a role model in Germany ?
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 25 Aug 2006 04:34 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear Labret, 

There is no clear answer to this question, because this kind of things
are rather subjective, as it is sometimes with social phenomenon.

There is certainly some influence of this band on the way their
potential fan group behaves and dresses. There is, in fact, a serious
debate now in Germany (OK, serious in the sense that there are
polarised views, not that it is the most important issue) regarding
"Tokio Hotel".

In a discussion in a German "girls' forum", if Tokio Hotel are "In" or
"Out", most participants seem to agree that the band presents a
negative role model to girls in Germany:
Tokio Hotel total IN oder total OUT?
 (in German)

Wikipedia also write: 
"Tokio Hotel is largely popular among teenage girls, of whom most are
drawn by the sex appeal of the lead singer of the band, Bill Kaulitz.
There has been controversy about Bill's androgynous look (long
unconventional dyed hairstyle, black nail polish, unconventional
wardrobe), in spite of the fact that the young Kaulitz has made it
clear that he is simply an artist expressing himself through his music
as well as through his choice of clothing. There has also been
controversy about Bill and Tom's weight and concern that their
'unhealthy' underweightness might cause complications for themselves
as well as send a bad message to their fans. Furthermore, the band
members have been criticized for being 'too young and immature' and
for having their music composed and arranged by their production
company for them."
(SOURCE: Wikipedia, Tokio Hotel, <>). 

This blog maintains that:
"TOKIO HOTEL sind [...] Vorbild für viele große und kleine Mädchen"
(SOURCE: "Tokio Hotel: Sex, Drugs and Jugendamt", 29 November 2005,
Eyesaiditbefore blog,
Which means "Tokio Hotel are [...] a role model for many older and
younger girls".

However, this page shows the band member with a grouppie. She doesn't
look to anorexic to me:
RTL - Tokio Hotel 

These Grouppies, too, don't look more "dangerous" (or in danger) than
former generations boy-band fans (those who adored the Beatles, the
Bee Gees, Duran-Duran, A-Ha, "Take That", "New Kids in the Block",

And this might be a point to remember. When the Beatles, or Elvis,
first caused uproar, people pointed out that they were "immoral" and
that young girls are influenced by them. Those young girls are today's
grandmothers, and it seems that most are pretty decent.

I hope this answers your question. Please contact me if you need any
clarification on this answer before you rate it.

Request for Answer Clarification by labret-ga on 25 Aug 2006 12:32 PDT
The answer is very good and I start to understand the issue. The main
'negative' point seems to be the underweight situation of the lead
singer. But is his clearly unconventional clothing / make-up / ..
style also copied by boys or girls in Germany ?

Clarification of Answer by politicalguru-ga on 25 Aug 2006 13:19 PDT
Frankly, I live in Germany and I haven't seen a wave of boys with
make-up and anorexic girls in black. The pictures of the fans also
show perfectly normal girls. But luckily for me, I have a 12-year-old
source (who is a fan of 	Sarah Connor) and I shall ask her to get a
perfect answer.
labret-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Time to buy black nail polish now. Thanks for the answer.

Subject: Re: Tokio Hotel (rock group of young artists) , a role model in Germany ?
From: politicalguru-ga on 31 Aug 2006 23:34 PDT

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