The year is 2020. Computer nerds like Elon Musk have proven that they’re more hardcore, rebellious, and anti-establishment than allegedly hardcore rappers like Insane Clown Posse.
The rap group is the talk of Twitter today, in part due to renewed acclaim for a three-week-old announcement that they’ve canceled a music festival. ICP won’t be holding its annual “Gathering of the Juggalos” this year due to COVID-19.
In a statement on Twitter last month, Insane Clown Posse said:
The bottom line is that we REFUSE to risk even ONE Juggalo life by hosting a Gathering during these troubling times.
We’re talking about a band that beats its fans during concerts. ICP’s Violent J (real name Joseph Bruce) was arrested for aggravated battery in 1997. He allegedly beat a fan with his microphone at a concert in New Mexico, striking the fan 30 times then kicking him.
Twenty years later, a woman sued Insane Clown Posse for throwing bottles of Faygo into the audience. She was allegedly struck, causing severe and permanent injuries.
ICP concerts also feature “karate mosh pits.” Fans gather in front of the stage and headbang while striking out and hitting anyone within arm’s reach in a frenzy of punches and karate chops.
Fans of the band, called “Juggalos,” have been listed as a violent criminal gang by the FBI for years. ICP attempted to sue them to be de-listed – but failed in court.
But early Thursday morning, the “horrorcore” hip hop band was trending on Twitter for being the “grown-ups” in the room:
Lockdown hawks were tweeting out the band’s name with jokes in the form of: Wow, even Insane Clown Posse is more responsible than Donald Trump. The Republican Party is the real insane clown posse. Heh, these guys are going to be running our government someday.
But if Insane Clown Posse is that worried about its fans, they should stop touring. Going to one of their concerts is already taking your life into your hands without COVID-19 to worry about.
So powerful is the mob mentality that supports the COVID-19 lockdowns, that even a thuggish group of semi-criminal miscreants cannot resist the power of the news media that whipped it up.
This is the same media that stirred up the moral panic against sex and violence in music lyrics in the late 1980s. They helped establishment politicians strong-arm the music industry.
So by 1990, certain “bad” albums had to include the “Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics” labels. That was the year after Insane Clown Posse formed, and the label was for bands like them.
Three decades later, ICP has signed up to help the media spread more panic, to regiment society further under the consolidation of corporate media and government control. What a bunch of good little boy scouts these supposedly rebellious clowns are.
Insane Clown Posse is the cultural equivalent of Gal Gadot singing “Imagine” on Instagram to fold Hollywood in behind the freedom-throttling, devastating lockdowns.
What’s next for these sellouts? A deal to promote Pepsi?
We are apparently living in times when computer nerds are more rebellious than rappers. You’ve got ICP scared of a virus so mild that it frequently causes no symptoms in most people who are infected.
Meanwhile, a Silicon Valley engineer openly defied the law to keep his factory running in California. Elon Musk told authorities they could go ahead and arrest him.
ICP branded themselves as rebels, but they’re not. It’s the computer nerds who actually “think different,” and who are just crazy enough to do something about it.
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This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.