"Different, not dangerous." My story on the Juggalo March on Washington: https://t.co/i50cDlc7Xj
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 17, 2017
Since some of y’all were confused by yesterday’s post:
Even Insane Clown Posse couldn’t quite believe it.
“We’re the good guys here today,” Violent J, one half of the widely loathed face-painting “horrorcore” rap duo, told the fans, known as “Juggalos,” who had gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial. “We’re actually in the right this time!”
The Juggalos, so easy to make fun of, had a case: the feds were the real clowns. And for a surreal Washington afternoon, the colourful people of one of America’s most-mocked subcultures were being seen by powerful people as freedom fighters, weird makeup and all.
Profane freedom fighters, yes. Two of the Juggalos’ Saturday refrains of choice: “You f—ed up” and “F— that s—,” which they occasionally chanted in the direction of police helicopters, fingers extended skyward.
But this was the exception. They were so cheerful that some of them insisted on hugging journalists. And their favourite chant was a single upbeat word: “family.”
It was their response to the term the FBI insists describes them: gang…
Hundreds of Juggalos had assembled for the demonstration and march in protest of a curious six-year-old FBI decision to include the Juggalos in their official national gang list, alongside such indisputably dangerous entities as MS-13.
The gang classification, Juggalos said, had led employers to force them out of jobs, convinced judges to deny them custody of their kids, and subjected them to police harassment for their Insane Clown Posse tattoos. One Virginia woman, Jessica Bonometti, said she had been fired as a probation officer because of Facebook posts about the band…
Violent J and partner Shaggy 2 Dope cast the Juggalos as the defenders of Americans of all kinds, warning that the persecution of America’s “most hated people” would inevitably lead to the persecution of others. As usual, they railed against racism, homophobia and economic segregation…
Okay, the music (and the Faygo) aren’t to my taste, either. But neither is the Grateful Dead, and I wouldn’t want Deadheads classified as “gang members”, if only for Cole’s sake. And ICP’s heart is in the right place:
The voice of progressive resistance in America today https://t.co/a6rHdlxD0G
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 16, 2017
"It was the largest crowd to ever witness a juggalo march — period." pic.twitter.com/GnYLUC2PQv
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) September 16, 2017
Meanwhile, same time same city…
The pro-Trump "Mother of All Rallies" happening on the mall right now appears to have attracted between 200 and 300 people.
— Peter Jamison (@PeteJamison) September 16, 2017