Insane Clowns plan to sue FBI | MISCELLANEOUS | Forum
I'm not a fan of the Insane Clown Posse (although they seem to be one of those bands, who take themself less serious than the rest of the world does) or Juggalos in general, and while the idea of them, trying to sue the FBI, seems like another instant punchline, they actually seem to have a good point this time.
Every year, the FBI releases its National Gang Threat Assessment List, which examines "emerging gang trends and threats posed by criminal gangs and communities throughout the United States." In 2011, Juggalos were added to the list.
In the weeks leading up to this year's Gathering Of The Juggalos, ICP's attorneys warned that "there's no telling what's gonna happen at the Gathering this year. This is the first time we had the festival now that we're a 'gang.' According to the FBI, we're all at a gang rally, and our merchandise is gang apparel."
"Let's get this straight," he continued, "a Juggalo is not a gang member. Consider a Juggalo that, 15 years ago, got a hatchet man tattoo or something. Now they've got a family, they're working in real estate or something, and they're driving home and get a speeding ticket. Next thing you know, he's in the gang file, and that will be taken into consideration in any trial. Suddenly, it ain't just somebody who fucked up, it's a gang member that fucked up, and they're getting a heavier sentence."
"This lawsuit isn't just for the fans. It's also for the good people who work at Psychopathic Records. There are 30 employees. Some of these people started off when we were 18 years old, but now some of them have been working here for 20 years. That's their career now. They have kids, and wives, and husbands. Next thing you know, they're working for a gang."
This seems surprisingly reasonable.
And then he pooped on the podium.
Every person I've interacted with personally who identifies themselves as a "juggalo" has been a complete and total dick, often showing a clear disdain for both education and bathing.
That said, I actually agree with them here. They're no more a "gang" than any other group of people who share similar interests. If a bunch of metalheads with long hair and leather jackets covered in band patches all get together and throw the \m/ metal horns, are they now a gang throwing gang signs? If a bunch of rednecks with boots and cowboy hats attend a Hank Williams Jr concert and get drunk, are they a gang? If a bunch of teen girls get together and watch the Twilight movies with their "Team Edward" clothes on, does that mean "Team Edward" is a gang and they're all members?
D.S. said If a bunch of teen girls get together and watch the Twilight movies with their "Team Edward" clothes on, does that mean "Team Edward" is a gang and they're all members?
HELL I hope so. About damn time that group of vicious psychopaths got "investigated". Also, go Team Jacob!
...But seriously, guys, you have levels of law-enforcement that are more consistent with a police state, yet you live in a country with greater freedom of the press and rights of expression than almost anywhere else at any time. It's almost bizarre, if you think about it in any kind of depth. Is it any wonder this kind of stuff happens occasionally?
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