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Friday, January 10, 2014

ICP Sues the FBI....and I Support Them?!?

So it seems that the Insane Clown Posse has not taken the news that the government designates their fans as a gang very well. Dare I say, they've gotten their cute little hatchet man panties in a twist over the entire situation. They're so upset that today they've filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the allegations that their fans are a "loosely organized hybrid gang."

And you know what? Look outside, because this might be the final days of mankind. I fully support the ICP in their lawsuit.

Make no mistake about it, I'm not an ICP fan. I think their act is tiresome and their music is subpar and caters to the lowest denomination. That denomination included my closest friends, who were huge ICP fans when we were growing up in Southern Illinois. I heard about how the axe was their buddy, and magical mysteries, and the Great Malenko blah blah blah. I wasn't buying it.

Sorry, Justin.

But I can fully admit that my opinion of ICP's music was just that - an opinion. In my youth I may have made some disparaging comments about the group or tried to convince my friends that they were awful artists, and for that I apologize. It's never any one persons place to tell someone else what is and what is not entertaining or "good."

As a fully grown adult, I can now admit that even though the ICP were not my cup of tea, they had every right to be on the scene and my friends were justified in their love of the group. Good and bad are mere matters of opinion, after all.

I haven't always hated ICP, either. I am a wrestling fan, and I truly respect their contributions to the sport through their time in the WWF and WCW, as well as their own JCW federation. These are guys that truly love and respect this great pastime that we've all dabbled in at one time.

I thought the way Tila Tequila was treated at a recent Gathering of the Juggalos was hilarious, although it really was quite mean. She took the stage and was booed relentlessly, as well as bombarded with bottles and trash. Her response, which in retrospect was probably a poor decision on her part, was to take her top off and try to sway the crowd back to her side with her enhanced breasts. It didn't work out very well for her, and she ended up suing the group.

Which brings me full circle back to the topic at hand.

Recently, the government labeled ICP fans as a gang, putting them on the same level as the Bloods and Crips. You know know those crazy guys, they're basically rival gangs who exist primarily to deal drugs and kill one another. And now the Juggalos can be long feared as murderous criminals who will blow you away for stepping inside their territory.

Except, you know, they won't.

I know a lot of ICP fans and while I don't always agree with the levels of their devotion, you can't condemn them for being devoted. Yes, they can become violent. Sometimes their antics are very anti-social, but if you're going to point the finger at them, why not at any other hardcore fan?

How many soccer games have you seen end up in complete riots? Even wrestling fans dress up, get rowdy, and sometimes beat and bloody each other over the pettiest of arguments. Why not gamers? Video games are responsible for the fall of civilization anyway, why not group us all together as terrorists?

Or would a video game gang merely be called a guild or clan...I'll have to research that one.

We've long condemned rap music as a whole, why not label all fans of the style as a gang and be done with it? Isn't that the message they're trying to send, anyway? They don't like what ICP is saying, they don't like the way their fans dress, and anyone who is that far away from the "norm" must be up to something terrible.

Even if some fans take it to far and do have a gang mentality, you can't accuse the entire fanbase of it. That's profiling, and we already have enough of that here in America to last us a lifetime.

I don't much like ICP, but I refuse to label their fans as a gang or the duo themselves as gang leaders. It's ridiculous, and just another embarrassment for a government that is closer to an organized gang than any group of fans will ever be.

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