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Today marks the start of the 14th annual Gathering of the Juggalos, a five-day festival that draws Juggalos and Juggalettes from all over to Cave-in-Rock, Illinois. It promises "spectacles unlike anything you've ever seen before," so this ain't your grandma's festival: rappers, comedians, magicians, freak shows and, of course, the Insane Clown Posse.
As Tila Tequila was actually pelted with bottles, rocks and human feces at the 2010 festival, you could say the Juggalos are a tough crowd, so it takes serious bravery to get on stage. We asked comedian Jared Logan, who's about to perform at the Gathering for the first time, for his thoughts on this momentous occasion.
First of all, would you consider yourself to be a Juggalo?
I am a Juggalo.
Like a card-carrying, makeup-wearing Juggalo?
I've never worn the makeup before, and I don't think they give out cards, but I'm intrigued by their message and I think it's one that we should listen to -- that's why I decided to do the show. Because I wanna hear what they have to say. I wanna become part of the madness.
What would you say their message is?
It can be an angry message. I think it's a section of society that people don't often really listen to, expressing their anger. Kind of talking about the state the world is in, which is not a good state, and I respect people doing that in the bloodiest, goriest, most violent way possible. I respect that.
Even though they sometimes talk about rainbows and magnets?
They also talk about how amazing and beautiful and surprising the world is. I don't know if I do that, but they do that, sometimes. See, it's a layered message! So many layers!
We all know there have been dangerous incidents in the past. Are you at all nervous about performing?
First of all, I don't care what the show is -- I never wanna see anything get thrown at anybody. Having said that...I'm gonna go in there with an attitude of respect and give them a show I think they'll love, and that's all I can do. What can I do other than that? That's my strategy; I'm not worried about it.
Are you hoping to meet any eligible Juggalettes at the festival?
I'm taking my girlfriend with me, so I don't that's really gonna be possible. But if my girlfriend wasn't there, I would definitely cheat on her with some Juggalettes -- they seem like they're into some freaky s**t.
Do you think you'll get any face time with ICP?
That would be awesome. I don't know if that will happen -- I don't know what access to them is available -- but you always wanna shake the hand of someone who invites you to their festival.
Any last words in case you don't make it back?
I know I'm gonna make it back. I'm gonna make it back with new wisdom: Juggalo wisdom.