I received some heat from readers about my Juggalos writing. Let’s get something (actually two things) straight – I am not a Juggalo and am not a fan. What I am is a defender of anyone who is used and abused in any way (with the exception of hate groups – that’s a whole other story). I don’t like their music and there is something chilling about someone putting on grease paint to look like a clown. I have to admit to having a phobia about clownface, especially evil looking clownface. All this aside, group identity is certainly important especially for those that think of themselves as outcasts. FBI gang designation has a chilling effect on employment and loans and social services. I’ll stop this yammering if in some way the Juggalos are identified as a criminal group. But what’s in the press, so far, about the juggalos, is not criminal. Bits of the Wikipedia article on Juggalos is below.
“Many characteristics of the Juggalo culture originated from in the 1980s, when Joseph Bruce (Violent J) and his family were living in poverty. He and his brother Robert received all their clothes from rummage sales, and their food from canned food drives held at their own school. Due to their poverty, the Bruce Brothers were the brunt of many jokes in school. However, the brothers were not ashamed of their living standards, and instead embraced it. Joe even made a name for themselves, Floobs. According to Joe, a Floob was essentially a scrub, but not just an ordinary scrub. A Floob “wore the same old shoes and shitty clothes from rummage sales […] but […] didn’t even have to be cool. [Floobs] turned [their] scrubbiness into something [they] could be proud of.” Though Joe only specifically names himself and his brother as Floobs, he alludes to other Floobs whom he had not met or known of, but were living in the same conditions as he and his brother; the respect that Floobs had for each other and their family-like embrace of likewise people influenced the philosophy held among Juggalos.
Public and artist reactions
Psychopathic Records launched the website juggalosfightback.com for fans to submit stories about unfair treatment by law enforcement. ICP hopes to use these stories in their legal battle to declassify Juggalos as a gang.
The classification of Juggalos as a criminal gang was ridiculed by the technology magazine Wired in a November 2011 article, with journalist Spencer Ackerman referring to previous scandals involving FBI harassment of Muslim-Americans.
On January 8, 2014, Insane Clown Posse along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed suit again against the FBI. The suit aims to have Juggalos no longer considered to be a gang and to have any “criminal intelligence information” about Juggalos destroyed.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juggalo