Insane Clown Posse is going to court over the Feds calling their fans an organized gang. More specifically, the FBI put the Insane Clown Posse’s insane fan base–also known as “Juggalos”–on a special watch list of gang affiliations and their supreme leaders are finally fighting back. The horrorcore rap group along with four of their fans filed a lawsuit against the FBI over their fans’ alleged gang classification in a Detroit federal court. [Image via Sarah&Boston/Flickr]
According to Rolling Stone, the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center classified Juggalos as “a loosely-organized hybrid gang.” A Wired report said the FBI based their classification on reports that members of the group were known for committing violent and illegal acts including homicide, gun running and drug trafficking and that four states recognized Juggalos as an official gang. The lawsuit claims that this unwarranted classification has led to unnecessary harassment of law-abiding citizens who did nothing wrong except showing their devotion to the group such as a semi-truck driver in Tennessee who was pulled over just because he had a “Hatchetman” logo on his vehicle–along with an Army corporal facing a possible “involuntary discharge” for Juggalo tattoos he got years before he joined the military.
We never thought we’d say this but the guy with the scary, black and white clown makeup on his face is right. They might be an unruly, wild bunch but so is just about every hardcore fan base of rock and hip-hop and you don’t see fans of Arcade Fire on any terror watch list. Besides, any group that had the good sense to forcibly remove Tila Tequila from the music scene doesn’t deserve to be hounded and terrorized. They deserve a freakin’ medal.
Don’t believe us? Well, let’s look at just how organized these Juggalos seems as a gang, courtesy of the ladies behind Passed Out Juggalos–who specialize in taunting their fellow ICP followers who can’t keep up with the party (or music festivals). The ladies are dangerously hot, but these Juggalos seem pretty harmless….