In the pantheon of American civil rights heroes, there have been Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and now… Violent J? As ridiculous as this proposition may sound, Insane Clown Posse members Violent J (Joe Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joey Utsler) are leading a march of their fans, popularly known as Juggalos, to march on Washington D.C. today. Thousands are expected to turnout for the cause.
Bruce and Utsler released a promotional video last week detailing the massive discrimination that is facing the Juggalo Nation after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arbitrarily listed them as a gang back in 2011. Juggalos have lost custody of their children, been sentenced to Draconian sentences in court, lost their careers, and otherwise subjugated because of this ridiculous label.
“Ninjas are being punished for waving our hatchet flag in public, rocking a tattoo. That’s fascism, and it’s f-cked up!” Bruce said passionately in the promotional video.
Although it is easy to point and laugh at the ridiculousness of the Juggalos as they paint their faces, scream crude rap lyrics, and spray each other with Detroit-based Faygo soda, Bruce is quick to make the point that this will not end with the clowns. If Juggalos are persecuted, it will certainly be used as a precedent to attack more artists and their fanbases down the line.
“You hate the Insane Clown Posse? What if your band is next? What if all of a sudden you’re on the gang database, and you’re labeled an official gang member because you listen to that music you love? We need your help,” Bruce said.
Recognizing the often-rowdy nature of the Juggalos, Bruce and Utsler urge all attendees of the Juggalo March to be on their best behavior. They urge Juggalos to bring no weapons, engage in no fights, refrain from alcohol or drug use, refuse to engage in petty vandalism, and otherwise avoid any funny business that might undermine the purpose of the important gathering.
“With our crowd, our family, remember it all because what you’re doing, ninjas, is making motherf-ckin history!” Bruce exclaimed as a final reminder to his faithful supporters.
The Juggalo March will be “jumping off like Jimmy Snuka” with festivities officially beginning in Washington D.C. at 2pm. Attendees are encouraged not to show up before 1pm at the Lincoln Memorial, where the event will commence. The march itself will officially begin at 4pm in between concerts from artists such as Onyx, Lil Easy E, Wolfpac, Big Hoodoo, Anybody Killa, and Madchild with an hour-long performance by ICP concluding the day’s events. Special guest appearances have been scheduled as well. For more information, visit the official website at JuggaloMarch.com.