The duo posed the question, what if Katy Perry fans were considered a gang? But nobody is just saying, 'All Conway Twitty fans are pedophiles. The authorities say some juggalos are engaging in some criminal activity, particularly in Utah, Arizona, California and Pennsylvania. The FBI defined the juggalos as an "ethnic-based and non-traditional gang. That's probably why law enforcement is taking things pretty seriously. On Tuesday, as the juggalos filed into Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, police made at least 10 arrests , mostly involving possession of small quantities of drugs.
That's before the festival even started. Oddly enough, the same thing doesn't happen at, say, Bonnaroo. Plus, if someone shows up to their parole meeting wearing juggalo gear, they're technically in violation of their probation. Putting on a concert that's also a gang rally costs the group more to put on a concert, especially in terms of insurance.
Of course there's a First Amendment element to the argument, too. They say the FBI's move can destroy their legacy. And it sucks," said Violent J. They're hoping other groups and musicians join their effort, regardless of their taste in music, to say, "this is fucked up. We will spend everything we got. Violent J told Vice Magazine , "Consider a Juggalo that, 15 years ago, got a hatchet man tattoo or something. Now they've got a family, they're working in real estate or something, and they're driving home and get a speeding ticket.
Next thing you know, he's in the gang file, and that will be taken into consideration in any trial. Suddenly, it ain't just somebody who fucked up, it's a gang member that fucked up, and they're getting a heavier sentence. A hatchetman is also known as a hitman. I should probably mention ICP's music. It's, um, sort of violent and really weird.
How do THEY work? That's some creepy love. ICP is not exactly respected in the music community. Then again, neither is Carly Rae Jepson. That really happened, and the tune is actually decent. But does this mean that Jack White is a gangmember? Is it fair to call a group of make-up wearing music fans a gang? Does it really apply?
And is ICP responsible for what their followers do? Aside from ICP, there was just one mention of how gangs use the internet for propaganda, including postings of songs with lyrics that glorify the drug lifestyle.
I didn't even know Faygo pop still existed until I heard ICP likes to spray the soda at their concerts. I wondered if other gangs so openly declare their allegiance to their gang of choice. I went to OKCupid to see if I could find anyone boasting their gang affiliation on their dating profile. I found one guy in Brooklyn, who said he was a vice lord, but he was actually just saying it ironically.
Portions of this story were read at The Paper Machete on Aug. Contact the author of this article or email tips chicagoist.