Insane Clown Posse suing FBI over its classification of Juggalos as a gang


57 Responses to “Insane Clown Posse suing FBI over its classification of Juggalos as a gang”

  1. Brainspore says:

    Isn’t the purpose of a “posse” to assist law enforcement?

  2. bzishi says:

    Some people at the FBI had watched the film “The Warriors” and then saw a picture of a Juggalo on TV. A couple of neurons began to slowly fire and they muttered to themselves “fuckin’ gangs, how do they work?”

  3. big ryan says:

    id assume that being on a government watch list would be great marketing for ICP, their fans seem to embrace the delusion of being hardcore thugs, this can only enforce that feeling

    • Jem Sweeney says:

      Yeah, but their fans are just dumb white people who don’t have any idea what it’s like to be considered second-class threats to society. I’m sure they’d get tired of being stomped down by the Man after a while.

  4. Lobster says:

    What is a Juggalo?  I don’t know.

  5. robotnik says:

    Fuckin’ lawsuits, how do they work?

  6. chris jimson says:

    To be fair to the FBI, they confused Juggalos with another legendary gang, the Baseball Furies.

  7. Judas Peckerwood says:

    Clown fight! 

  8. mmrtnt says:

    Mark, you shouldn’t be lifting headlines from the Onion.

  9. Rider says:

    As funny as this is, they do have a bit of tendency towards violence.  They also seem to clique up together more then other fan groups. 

  10. $19428857 says:

    They are suing because they have an unfilled FOIA request that was filed just last month. I’m thinking the lawsuit ain’t going far, but the publicity will be priceless. To paraphrase Vonnegut, you are who you seem to be, so be careful who you seem to be.

  11. LogrusZed says:

    While not a fan of the music or of most of what I’m aware is associated with the Juggalo lifestyle I’m of the opinion that the FBI is really overreaching here while simultaneously ignoring other groups that qualify as much, or possibly more, as epicenters of violent criminality. How about Southern Baptist churches for association with the Klu Klux Klan as well as clinic bombings? The Roman Catholic Church for association with both pedophile rings and the Italian Mafia?

    Of course the counter argument is “the churches don’t exist for the sole purpose of organizing these criminal enterprises” or “only some members of these groups are engaged in the criminal activity you mention” and my response is: No shit, how is that not also the case with Insane Clown Posse?

    Law enforcement seems to be on a never-ending quest to control and monitor the activities of every small and seemingly isolated group they can get their hands on. I’m not prophesying some sort of absolute fascist regime here, and while I’ll still be voting blue, this administration has done jack shit to step back the jack-booted marching pace which began under the previous president.

    First they came for the Juggalos, and I said nothing because people in clown makeup who don’t bathe give me the creeps…

  12. Given the dozens of widely reported acts of violence and destruction committed by Juggalos, I’m not worried about this. 

    While I do think it’s an overreach by the FBI, I won’t be worried until they try to classify Parrot Heads as a gang.

    • IronEdithKidd says:

      That’s probably next on the agenda.  Right after they get done cooking up a few dozen more preposterous “terrorist” plots.

    • Jem Sweeney says:

      I think hippos kill more people than Juggalos, and I say this having lived in a city where a Juggalo went hatchet-happy in a gay bar. They’re irritating but by no means universally dangerous, let alone a threat to national security.

      • Being classified as a gang doesn’t mean the FBI thinks they’re Al-Qaeda. It means they believe a significant number of them are engaged in organized criminal activity. It’s also not just killing that determines whether or not a group is a gang. From what I’ve been reading on the topic, it seems that aside from frequently being perpetrators of hate crimes, lots of people involved in cooking, trafficking and distributing meth are Juggalos.

        Again, I think it’s an overreach by the FBI, but I get the reasoning.

    • Halloween_Jack says:

       Dozens? Link, please.

  13. kmoser says:

    Gangs don’t kill people. People kill people.

  14. saint_al says:

     ….or the Rainbow Tribe, or Red Hat Ladies…

  15. Joseph Duffy says:

    The classification makes a major difference for the “band”. For instance, the “concerts” are now classified as gang rallies, and as such are much more costly for the group to put on.

  16. pupdog says:

    They should check out these guys in my neck of the woods ‘ “LiTTle LeAGueRs” – they’re all walking around with spiked shoes and clubs and projectiles, taking over Pizza Huts and 31Flavors whenever they feel like it…

  17. bcsizemo says:

    Every time an ICP video is posted on BB I end up watching almost all of it.  It’s like a train wreck.  WHOOP WHOOP…

  18. genotype says:

    It seems like in Albuquerque there’s an ICP-style band playing every freaking week. And the makeup kids rep HARD. They look ridiculous. And after the show, as the makeup is melting off their faces, they look ghastly/hysterical! But, I’ve never seem them start shit.

  19. BlackPanda says:

    I didn’t think they could get any more ridiculous, even after revealing that their entire act had supposedly been an evangelical Christian plot from the beginning. “Fucking magnets. How do they work?”

  20. BarBarSeven says:

    Well, maybe white kid will know what it’s like to be unfairly targeted by law enforcement just like non-white kids.  Seriously.

  21. McMe says:

    Kind of like nova dark age Dead Heads but way more crass and brash! 

  22. KWillets says:

    Humans have a certain brain capacity that allows them to maintain social groups of a certain size.  The FBI will have a hard time proving that Juggalos have this capacity.

  23. echar says:

    I went to the Gathering of the Juggalos a  few years back, and it was a great time. Admittedly ICP is not my favorite music, nor rap while I am at it. However, not once did I feel threatened, everyone was really cool, and respectful. In fact, I’ve felt more threatened by frat boys at clubs and other places. The FBI claiming the whole as a gang is like the Baptist church claiming that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints is a cult.

    It’s the pot calling the kettle black. To blow this out even further it’s like Christians calling all Muslims a violent group obsessed on bringing forward the end of the world. This is to say, that there may or may not be a small percentage of criminals who call themselves Juggalos, but not all of them are. From my experience, they are a group of people that like the music, camaraderie, and a good time.

    And to the person who made the comment about white kids being harassed by cops. Racist much?

  24. rocketpjs says:

    Well, it should be easy enough to pick the methed out crazy clowns out of a lineup anyway.

  25. Elijah says:

    Crips, Bloods, Latin Kings and company are either weeping or laughing hysterically.  Or, possibly, quitting the thug life en masse to become accountants.

  26. Quiche de Resistance says:

    Not to be pedantic, but pictured is a Juggalette, not a Juggalo.

    I am greatly ashamed to admit that I think a lot of those juggalettes are pretty hot.

    (Fuckin subconscious, how does it work?)

  27. Brent Kirkham says:

    Is it just me, or was the last guy interviewed (voice only) Gary Busey?
    Apart from that, what a bunch a f*cked up people…..

  28. If you oppose what the FBI has done to ICP fans, you will want to read about their illegal covert criminal activities directed against me with a search for “New police weapon against homeless” and “Historic coverup of FBI and police crimes currently taking place”.

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