Published Jan 20, 2021Insane Clown Posse have had their Juggalo fanbase compared to the Capitol rioters, and the group's Violent J is having absolutely none of it.
In a recent op-ed for The Atlantic titled "What to Do with Trumpists," an author declared that "one generation of political Juggalos was punishment enough" in response to the culture that bred former U.S. president Donald Trump's followers and their involvement in the violent insurrection at the Capitol building on January 6.
The article reads:
At noon tomorrow, our four-year experiment in being governed by the political equivalent of the Insane Clown Posse will finally end. It is ending in Juggalo style (some have called it "Trumpalo"), violently and pointlessly, with a handful of deaths, the smearing of various bodily fluids, and a riot on the way out. After any bacchanal of this magnitude, the sober dawn is almost as disorienting as the hysteria itself — and the most urgent task, after wiping the shit from the Capitol hallways, is to prevent a repeat performance
Speaking with Huffington Post, Violent J expressed his disappointment with the comparison.
"I can't believe TheAtlantic.com would hire a writer, presumably for his expertise in journalism who's that off the mark, as well as an editor for his or her fact-checking abilities who obviously lives within a reality separate from our own when it comes to defining who Juggalos truly are and what they're about," Violent J wrote.
He added: "Sad little bullshit like this makes me question the media in general and [lose] a little faith in just about [everything] I fuckin read!"
J went on to tell Huffington Post that the comparison "fuckin' hurts," insisting that the Juggalos continue to be misunderstood. He countered that Juggalos are "welcoming, warm, funny, encouraging, creative, understanding" and "fuckin' mad fun!"
In contrast to some of the ideologies that the rioters evidently hold dear, ICP resurrected one of their more popular merch items last summer during the wave of anti-racism protests in the states. It was a T-shirt that depicted the Psychopathic Records' Hatchetman logo burning the Confederate flag. The backside read "Fuck Your Rebel Flag." Earlier in the pandemic, the group also moved to cancel their Gathering of the Juggalos, stating that they "refuse to risk even one Juggalo life" by hosting the event.
Here's Violent J's response when I asked how he'd define a Juggalo. pic.twitter.com/M1BP44wmAd— Sebastian Murdock (@SebastianMurdoc) January 20, 2021