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Just last week, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope of Insane Clown Posse schooled us on the Juggalo Code. Despite all their horrorcore lyrics and menacing clown facepaint, the Juggalo Code is all about community and positive energy, a lifestyle where anyone is welcome to join (it’s no surprise their annual festival is known as The Gathering). But the FBI recently and hilariously deemed the Juggalos a gang. While Faygo-chugging clowns seem like a gang you’d see in “The Warriors,” nobody in real life sees these guys as a threat. A nuisance, perhaps, but not even in the same universe as actual gangs like MS-13.
So ICP told the Village Voice that they had to do “the American thing” and sue the FBI. It’s fitting when you think about it: this movement has always been about doing what you want and not what “the Man” tells you you want, and now it’s actually taking on the Man. Like, the biggest Man. Juggalos are widely misunderstood and mocked, but this move has gained them a lot of sympathizers. Essentially, by trying to defuse the Juggalo movement, the FBI has only ensured that it will grow.