Horrorcore hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse are reportedly planning to sue the FBI after the agency classified their followers as a "non-traditional gang."
According to NME, last year's FBI National Gang Threat Assessment report classified the band's fans (known as Juggalos) as a "concern to law enforcement," citing their "general destructive and violent nature." Speaking at their annual Gathering of the Juggalos event recently, ICP's Shaggy 2 Dope offered the following statement:
"It's been almost a year since Juggalos were put on the National Gang Threat Assessment and we are hearing too many stories from our fans about the trouble it's causing them. Just because you like a music group, doesn't make you a criminal."
Bandmate Violent J added: "We're not attacking the FBI, but they got this wrong. The Juggalos are not a gang, and that needs to be fixed."
Meanwhile, the band's Psychopathic records label has launched a website titled juggalosfightback.com with the intention of documenting how the rights of ICP fans have been impacted on by the ruling. As Contact Music notes, a legal counsel has been set up in tandem with the website. Attorney Howard Hertz of Hertz Schram Pc, has released the following statement:
"We are seeking individual Juggalos whose rights have been violated as a result of the mistaken belief that they are a 'gang member.' If you or someone you know has suffered any negative consequence with an employer, governmental representative, including law enforcement, border patrol, airline security, or other local, state or federal governmental agency or employee as a result of your status as a Juggalo, we want to know about it."
The term Juggalo comes from the Insane Clown Posse song The Juggla. Juggalos are known for wearing face paint similar to that of the ICP band members and drinking the soft drink Faygo.