Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI After Being Labeled a Gang

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Sept. 26 2012 5:39 PM

Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI After Being Labeled a Gang


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Apparently the FBI’s signs you’re in a “gang” include drinking unsafe quantities of Faygo and dressing like an idiot going to the circus, because the bureau classified fans of the horror-core rap duo Insane Clown Posse a gang in 2011. Now, the insane clowns themselves, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, have filed a suit for “failure to produce any documentary evidence in support of the FBI’s classification of the group’s fan base” after the FBI failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request the Posse’s legal team filed.

The group’s fans, a passionate group identified as “Juggalos,” have been more and more visible the last few years, mostly because of the increasingly elaborate and ridiculous annual Gathering of the Juggalos music festival organized by ICP. This gothic-clown-centric affair, recently profiled by the likes of Buzzfeed and the AV Club’s Nathan Rabin, seems mostly harmless, other than a violent outburst at famous hot girl and sometime-musician Tila Tequila’s performance in 2011.


Mr. 2 Dope explained the groups’ intentions last month, saying, “You’re trying to grow love in your country and shit, then the head of your country—the FBI—just turns around and fucking kicks you in the nuts.” Again, the ICP shows itself to be a primarily educational outfit, not only explaining miracles like science and magnets and whatnot, but also showing its fans that if the FBI kicks nuts, the proper response is measured legal action.

Chris Wade is a video and podcast producer for Slate and occasional contributor to Brow Beat. Follow him on Twitter.



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