After Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope tweeted a mysterious message earlier this week talking about "the biggest announcement of Insane Clown Posse's career," we've now got an answer: ICP is suing the FBI.
The problem is that the FBI considers Juggalos—what ICP fans call themselves—a real-deal criminal gang. According to the FBI's 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report, Juggalos are considered an official "concern to law enforcement." The members of Insane Clown Posse think that's pretty... insane.
When we spoke with Insane Clown Posse earlier this week, they explained why the FBI targeting Juggalos isn't as funny as some people think.
"[This is] an open attempt to kill us off, for the FBI to do that," Violent J tells Fuse. "It gets laughs out of people but think about it—that's insane. To name our fanbase a gang with Crips and Bloods and MS-13s.... I don't know where to begin with that sh*t. Does that mean our concerts are gang rallies now? Does that mean our merchandise is gang apparel? What if you were a Juggalo 15 years ago and you got a Hatchetman [the group's logo] on your arm? Now you're a real estate agent raising a family and you get pulled over, [suddenly] you're in the police file as a gang member because you have your favorite band's logo on your arm. That's crazy."
The duo believes the music industry hasn't given this situation the outcry it deserves. "If it would have happened to anybody else the whole industry would have been up in arms [talking about] freedom of speech," J says. "[But when] it happens to ICP, [people think] 'Oh, they're just crazy.' I remember when N.W.A got a letter because of the 'F**k Tha Police' song and it was all over the news. [That was just] a letter. We'll take a letter! Give us a f**king letter! What we're saying is, this sh*t has never happened in the history of rock n' roll. Period."
To coincide with their lawsuit, ICP have launched the website Juggalos Fight Back ("A place for 'los and 'lettes to be heard"), where Juggalos who feel like they've been discrminated for their affiliation with the band can fill out a legal action questionnaire to have their incident reviewed by the band's legal team.
What do you think? Is the FBI's lawsuit absurd? Should the music industry and media have raised more hell when the FBI declared Juggalos to be a criminal gang? Let us know in the comments below. And check out the video above for ICP's full comments on the FBI.