Insane Clown Posse: "We're Doing the American Thing--We're Suing"
"At first, I laughed! Just like everybody else," Insane Clown Posse's Violent J admits, seated on his tour bus. "Now I just realize how fucked up it is." It's this past Friday afternoon at the Gathering of the Juggalos and the Detroit horrorcore emcee is recalling his initial reaction to the news that the federal government officially considers his band's fans a national security threat. Less than 30 minutes ago, Violent J and his partner-in-rhyme Shaggy 2 Dope announced their plans to sue the FBI at their annual seminar and they're both still visibly reeling from the audience's joyously moving reaction. (Shaggy got goosebumps. Violent J's hand visibly shook.)
Spend an hour wandering around the Gathering and you'll hear story after story after story about cops, schools, and bureaucracies discriminating against Juggalos for wearing Insane Clown Posse gear and their label's Hatchetman logo. There's the guy who lost his kids to a foster home because of his tattoo( Collapse )
This is going to be an interesting case. There is no precedent for this, and I am curious what constitutional basis they are basing their legal position. If I were a lawyer, I'd go with the First Amendment Freedom of Assembly clause.
To me, Juggalos are like Ragers (ravers 2.0): just another form of rebellious youth orbiting some musical 'scene'. At some point, the tatts, the logos and the accouterments all fade away with the time induced demands of parenthood and working for The Man. Who is to stop the Feds from RICOing, say, the next US version of Pussy Riot from slapping the same gang=criminal=terrorist=indefinite detention label on them?
Slippery slope? Can you sue the government for defamation of character? How would they prove their case? What do you think?