Almost anything that’s popular today is going to attract jokes of some kind, and the scene subculture is no exception. Some of these jokes are affectionate and could be used in the context of gentle ribbing. Others are much more strongly critical of scene people and the culture in general. Some of these jokes are negative, but they aren’t really intended to be taken seriously, since the person telling the joke may or may not even have a firm opinion on scene kids or the scene kid subculture. Many of the scene jokes take on a classic joke format, such as: how many scene kids does it take to screw in a light bulb?
There are many possible answers to this joke, including:
- One: With all of the neon colors they wear, a scene kid could be the light bulb.
- Three: One to change the light bulb and two to complain that it should be brighter.
- Four: One to change the light bulb and three to fight over who gets to wear the old one as an accessory.
- Five: One to post something about it on Livejournal, one to tweet about it, one to take a selfie with the light bulb, one to change the light bulb, and one to take a selfie while changing the light bulb.
Other jokes are more specific, such as: Why can’t scene kids be karate kids? They get stuck at the white belt.
Many of these scene kid jokes poke fun at the scene culture’s typical wardrobe. They also poke fun at the fact that a lot of scene kids maintain a substantial online presence. The scene subculture is largely about fashion, so it isn’t surprising that many of the jokes related to the scene subculture would target their fashion sense.
A huge portion of the jokes about scene kids that are found online will also double as jokes about emo kids, because the two subcultures are often confused. The jokes about emo kids will typically target their real or perceived angst. Some jokes about emo kids will simply express the speaker’s dislike for emo kids, and the same goes for many jokes about scene kids. Those kinds of jokes could more or less be used to describe any group that the speaker in question may dislike, which gives them a highly generic feel. Those jokes seem only nominally about the scene subculture.
The scene and the emo subcultures are, in fact, different which means that some scene jokes don’t make any sense when the joke is simply substituted from an emo joke because the scene subculture doesn’t place much emphasis on expressing strongly negative emotions. Emo kids may write poetry, but if scene kids write poetry, it is usually in spite of the fact that they identify as scene. It is true that some people may identify as both emo and scene, but these individuals are blending two distinct subcultures.
There is going to be a strong difference between the sorts of jokes that scene people tell about themselves and the sorts of jokes that people outside of the subculture tell about scene people. Some scene people may tell derisive jokes about themselves or about members that they consider overzealous for instance. However, they will usually approach those jokes from a place of knowledge. The people outside of this subculture are probably going to tell jokes that are based on stereotypes of what scene people say or think. The people who are actually within the subculture will probably poke fun at specific aspects of the subculture, as opposed to the subculture itself.
It is difficult to understand any fan group without being immersed in it. Fan groups, which can become subcultures if they’re large enough, are often too insular for such comprehension. The people who are researching a fan group from the outside will usually need to participate to some extent in order to truly understand it. Scene people are going to understand the scene subculture enough in order to tell the funniest and most accurate jokes. They will also be able to tell jokes that don’t feel as generic as the ones that the people outside of the subculture would probably tell.