Let's give a "whoop whoop!" for the Juggalos, the clown-painted fans of Detroit rap group Insane Clown Posse.
Despite being classified by the FBI as a "gang"
in 2011, Juggalos have made moves in recent months that show they have more empathy than most Republicans.
Most recently, ICP re-released a line of "Fuck Your Rebel Flag" T-shirts showing a clown burning a Confederate flag. The shirts are $25 and available at Psychopathic Records' website
The shirts come at a time when Black Lives Matter protests have pressured city officials to take down racist monuments, including symbols of the Confederacy. Recently, NASCAR even told its fans to stop flying the Stars and Bars
at its races.
But these clowns are no bandwagon-jumpers — the shirt is a reference to "Rebel Flag," a song from ICP's 1992 album, Carnival of Carnage
. (Lyrics: Fuck your Rebel flag/ Fuck 'em/ Yeah/ Fuck your Rebel flag/ Rebel Flag/ Fuck your Rebel flag/ It ain't shit/ Fuck 'em/ Fuck your Rebel flag.") That makes ICP far more woke than Kid Rock, who flew the Confederate flag at his shows
into the 2000s.
And in April, ICP officially postponed its annual Gathering of the Juggalos
festival due to the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when Republicans were fighting to keep the economy open despite the deadly virus that has killed more than 110,000 people in the U.S.
"The bottom line is simply that we refuse to risk even ONE Juggalo life by hosting a Gathering during these troubling times," the group wrote in a statement announcing the cancelation.
Meanwhile, southern Republican-led states are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases
after their leaders declined to close their economies or reopened them too soon.
In 2017, ICP and the ACLU attempted to sue the FBI to make it reverse its classification of the group as a gang. The lawsuit failed.
We have to wonder though: if these jolly Juggalos are a gang, what does that make the GOP?
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