Insane Clown Posse is suing the FBI
And… we’re on their side? What is this world coming to? Sure, we make fun of juggalos a lot here at Guyism, and I’ll be honest in saying that their music is some of the worst garbage I’ve ever heard, but I have to respect their closeness as a community. Juggalo pride is a very real thing, and Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have real love for their fans.
That’s why they’re suing the FBI. At the annual Gathering of the Juggalos, J and Shaggy made what may be the biggest announcement in their professional career. Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation placed Juggalos in their National Gang Threat Assessment document, classifying them as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” This is patently ridiculous: liking a musical group doesn’t make you a criminal. So now it’s time for ICP to fight back, as they announced that they were in the early stages of filing a suit against the FBI to have the group removed from the list.
Their law firm, Hirtz Schram PC, released a statement saying “We are seeking individual Juggalos whose rights have been violated as a result of the mistaken belief that they are a ‘gang member.’ If you or someone you know has suffered any negative consequence with an employer, governmental representative, including law enforcement, border patrol, airline security, or other local, state or federal governmental agency or employee as a result of your status as a Juggalo, we want to know about it.”
Let’s be frank: demonizing a group of music fans is some serious 1950s steez. We should be beyond that now, and hopefully this suit will send a lesson to the Feds that they can’t just decide that a group of people is a gang without proof.
If you’ve found yourself a victim of juggalo profiling, the group has set up a website, Juggalos Fight Back, to help connect you with legal support and other resources. This is a truly bold move for a musical group to make, but it can’t do anything but help cement the bond that the Juggalos feel for each other. I’ll update you as the suit moves forward.