Insane Clown Posse to Lead Juggalo Protest March
Published Jul 25, 2016Face-painted hip-hop phenomenon Insane Clown Posse have announced a plan to march themselves and their faithful Juggalos through Washington, DC, to protest the FBI's classification of the movement as a "gang."
The Detroit News [via Rolling Stone] reports that the outfit's Violent J announced to the audience at this past weekend's Gathering of the Juggalos in Ohio that ICP are looking to bring their Faygo-guzzling fanbase to the U.S. capital next year to "explain to the world who the [expletive] we really are."
"In 2017, the weekend of September 17, we need you," he explained during a seminar at the Gathering. "We're gonna do a [expletive] march on Washington. They call the Juggalo World a movement, right? Well, let's move!"
The plan is to descend upon the capital on September 16, 2017, starting a march at the Lincoln Memorial that will conclude at the Washington Monument. It's hoped that fans will then speak about what it means to be a Juggalo. To draw out as many whoop-whooping supporters as possible, the band announced that they'll also hold a free show the next day.
"We don't know what's going to happen," Violent J said of his band's proposal. "We could totally embarrass ourselves, and there could be 25 people [that show up]."
The FBI put the Insane Clown Posse and their following of face-painted Juggalos on the National Gang Assessment list in 2011, labelling the music group and their fans a "loosely organized hybrid gang" who engage in "criminal activity and violence." The duo fought to have themselves removed from the list, but lost their court case in 2014.
"This is not the end. We'll keep fighting to clear the Juggalo family name," Violent J had said at the time. "While it is easy to fear what one does not understand, discrimination and bigotry against any group of people is just plain wrong and un-American."
You can read Exclaim!'s recent interview with the Insane Clown Posse over here. The duo recently wrapped up a leg of Canadian tour dates.