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“Gang of Juggalos” Sounds Like the Worst HBO Series Ever.

August 17, 2012

The FBI has classified “Juggalos” as a gang. No lie. Juggalos.

For those of you who don’t know, Juggalos (or Juggalettes if you’re referring to the female version) are fans of Insane Clown Posse. A hillbilly rap group that likes to dress up like clowns and talk about killing people with hatchets. Even if you’re not familiar with the band, you’ve probably seen them skewered on SNL. When ICP released an infomercial about their yearly music festival “The Gathering of the Juggalos” on youtube (14 minutes but so worth it if you have the time)-

It led to brilliant SNL sketch (gotta click the link, sorry. Hulu won’t embed on here for some reason).

When ICP released this ridiculous video –

SNL came out with this. They also did a second Gathering parody. Seriously, there’s a writer on that show that’s got a total hard on for making fun of ICP.

Now that you know the band, let’s meet the fanbase and alleged crime syndicate. I present to you, the Juggalo –

The only thing I like more than awful music is making my face all itchy and pimply with clown makeup.

This is the Juggalo. They like listening to clowns rap, drinking Faygo for some reason and backyard wrestling. Being a juggalo is like it’s own subculture. They’re misunderstood (self proclaimed. Most people understand them perfectly) and they refer to other Juggalos as family. A family bonded in listening to shit music.

The FBI has classified them as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang” because a few ICP fans have committed crimes. The Insane Clown Posse has claimed this has led to government harassment of all Juggalos, most of whom are perfectly law abiding, makeup wearing, Faygo swilling poker table smashing hillbillies.

ICP is actually planning to file a lawsuit against the FBI for labeling their fans as a gang and… I hate to admit it, but they’re right.

As much as I’d love for it to be true, listening to shitty music isn’t a crime. Enjoying ICP doesn’t make you a gang just like enjoying Marilyn Manson ten years ago didn’t make you a school shooter. Just because a small portion of their fanbase has committed crimes it doesn’t warrant the FBI to label everybody who listens to that garbage.

I’m going to have to keep an eye on how this whole story develops. Guess I’ll start watching the Juggalo News Network –

…I honestly don’t know if that’s satire of if that’s actually for ICP fans.

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