Down With The Clown
I am going to scream. I read an article on CNN about the two classy clowns that make up the Insane Clown Posse. They stated that they’re fine with the criticism aimed directly at them but they take offense to the criticism aimed at their fans, the juggalos. At The Gathering Of The Juggalos, they announced that they will be filing a lawsuit against the FBI for labeling their fans a gang. Clown #1, Violent J, states “this is the government’s way of telling us what you can listen to, what you can wear. They’re telling you that if you listen to this music and you support this music, you are going to be committing a crime in our eyes.” The FBI states that while most juggalo related crimes are sporadic, disorganized, and often involve simple assault, drug use, or vandalism, a small number are forming organized subsets and engaging in gang-like activity, such as felony assault, theft, and drug sales.
I’ve already blogged about juggalos and exactly how I feel about their worth in this world, running down a list of the cringeworthy things they are guilty of doing. One of the many twisted acts of self-professed juggalos was committed by 18-year-old Alex Pacheco, who murdered his 13-year-old girlfriend Kelsey Shannon, then had sex with her dead body. They have been involved in hate crimes, targeting certain races or sexual orientations. They call themselves family but will turn on a fellow juggalo at the drop of a hat. I don’t care for Tila Tequila, but she didn’t deserve the attack at a Gathering a while back where she sustained notable injuries. All in all, there isn’t much you can say in a positive light about this group.
If liking a certain band and dressing a certain way in support of that band was a crime, the FBI would be identifying different gangs until the end of time. If random acts of violence were all it took, Marilyn Manson fans would have been labeled a gang after the Columbine Massacre and Dark Knight fans would be a gang due to the Colorado shooting and subsequent arrests due to guns brought into theaters. Far be it from me to put 100% trust and faith into our government, but I highly doubt the FBI is just going to label a group as a dangerous gang if they don’t have good reasoning behind it.
Let me stop for a second and say that I fully understand that not all people who call themselves juggalos or juggalettes are horrible human beings. Some are just people with horrible taste in music and wardrobe. That being said, when the majority of a group is violent, uses drugs, is disrespectful, and begins to organize and engage in illegal conduct on a felony level, you become a bit guilty by association. Saying “well, I don’t do X, Y, and Z, so it’s okay” doesn’t cut it; associating with people who are doing vile things makes you equally as guilty. This is why the “not all of us are like that” argument falls deaf ears with me. Condoning is just as bad as participating and any level-headed person would not call themselves part of such an awful group.
Contrary to what Mr. J believes, this is not the government telling anyone what they can wear or what music to listen to. I could (ugh) wear an ICP shirt and (gag) listen to their CD and not be harassed by anyone because I’m not out smoking weed, robbing my neighbors, and throwing rocks at people while I yell how much they suck. I’m not teaming up with fellow juggalos to beat down a guy because he’s gay and I hate that, or organizing a way to sell more weed and maybe some meth with my friends, or spray painting hatchetmen across the sides of buildings to mark my territory. Like it or not, juggalos, what you do is in fact gang activity and it deserves to be treated as such.
I almost hope the clowns do file this lawsuit. I hope it goes to court and I hope they are laughed out of there, hanging their painted heads low with shame. My hatred of these two morons and their idiot fans aside for a moment, it’s just nonsense to say that the government has it out for your fans and is trying to control wardrobe and music preferences simply because they can. If the fans weren’t acting like Neanderthals and engaging in illegal and disgusting behavior, they would not have attracted the attention of the FBI and wouldn’t have earned the gang classification.
Rather than file a lawsuit, maybe these two circus acts should take advantage of the obvious power they have over their followers and try to curb the violence instead of encourage it. Maybe they should take responsibility for the “family” they built rather than get cranky because they don’t want their fans to look bad. When you knowingly reach out to the fringe members of society, the ones who are outcast and desperate to belong, then hammer this family bullshit into their heads, you are partially responsible for what is created. It takes a sick individual to interpret their songs to mean it’s all right to murder and maim, but when that sick person is a key member of the “family,” the others will follow suit in their eagerness to belong. I’m not saying ICP is responsible for juggalo behavior, but if they want to start throwing blame around for their fans looking bad, they need to start with themselves.