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January 9th, 2014 - 11:31 am

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Insane Clown Posse and a few of their fans are suing — to get the FBI to stop labeling them a gang:

The suit stems from the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center classification of Juggalos as “a loosely-organized hybrid gang,” one with multiple affiliations. Lawyers for ICP and the ACLU claim that the profiling of Juggalos — based on their distinctive clown makeup and Hatchetman tattoos — lacks reasonable suspicion of gang affiliation. As a result, the “unconstitutionally vague” designation has since intimidated many from expressing themselves and denied them protection from unreasonable searches, according to the filing.

“The FBI had the impact they wanted: they scared people away from attending concerts and from affiliating together for the purpose of listening to music,” Saura Sahu, an attorney assisting the ACLU of Michigan, tells Rolling Stone. He cited the decline in turnout at the latest Gathering of the Juggalos, ICP’s annual five-day festival, where police last August arrested numerous people on drug-related offenses outside the event.

“We don’t fit in anywhere,” Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J tells Rolling Stone. “And when people don’t understand you, people fear you. All we’re trying to do is be like the Stephen King of music. We like to tell horror stories.”

I’m no ICP fan, unless perhaps they’ve recorded some of Cole Porter’s stuff and I’m just not aware of it yet, but clearly the FBI has overstepped here.

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Why is he wearing a Minecraft Creeper mask?
41 weeks ago
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You know the really funny part? They're a borderline gospel band. No word of a lie.
41 weeks ago
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I’m no ICP fan, unless perhaps they’ve recorded some of Cole Porter’s stuff and I’m just not aware of it yet, but clearly the FBI has overstepped here.

Neither am I, but now I want to go to their next concert just to show some solidarity.
41 weeks ago
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If you dress the part of a thug, people are going to see you as a thug. ICP fans are getting a vicarious thrill from acting like gang members--including associating (at least loosely) with people who are, in fact, in a criminal conspiracy to traffic drugs. I don't support drug prohibition, but if legalization happened tomorrow these folks would find some other law to break--it's the law they want to flout, not prohibition.

Maybe the FBI overstepped here, but I don't think it's obvious that they're in the wrong. Liberty requires a certain individual forbearance with regards to breaking societal norms. (Hey, does that make me a law-and-order libertarian?)
41 weeks ago
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A lot of folks use Insane Clown Posse synonymously with the Federal government. Better crank out another lawsuit.
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