“From keystone-cop clowns shooting unarmed citizens, to racist clowns burning down Islamic centers or clowns in the NSA spying on us through our cell phones and laptops, America has turned into something far more terrifying than Insane Clown Posse’s Dark Carnival,” Violent J wrote in his Time editorial.
The article comes after “killer clowns” have been spotted – and occasionally apprehended – everywhere from South Carolina and upstate New York to college campuses like Penn State and Belmont.
“Rolling Stone called the rash of reports a ‘hoax’ in a recent article that also pointed out that way back in 1981, when me and my partner in rhyme and best friend Shaggy 2 Dope were in grade school, there were reports of so-called ‘phantom clowns’ supposedly driving around in vans, harassing kids, and in some reports, wielding weapons like machetes,” Violent J wrote. “Despite the many reports, police could not confirm one incident of this wave of sightings and not a single ‘phantom clown’ was ever arrested.
“Cut to 2016. Everyone once again is seeing so-called ‘killer clowns’ everywhere—popping out of bushes, threatening people on social media and assorted other public pranks. Cops have actually arrested a few people this time around, though, because there’s a lot of copycats out there and mass hysteria has a way of making people do stupid shit.”
Violent J goes on to mention that while clown sightings have dominated headlines lately, ICP’s devout fan base, known as Juggalos, have long been “targeted, profiled and blatantly discriminated on by law enforcement agencies across America” to the point that the Department of Justice placed Juggalos on the FBI’s list of organized gangs. ICP and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan have been fighting that ruling in court since 2012.
“As ICP has discovered over the last decade, there’s a whole army of scary, terrifying and dangerous clowns out there in this country trying to suppress the rights of thousands of people to exercise the most basic part of the Declaration of Independence, which evokes the freedom to ‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ Violent J added. “The only difference is these clowns don’t wear greasepaint.”
The ICP rapper added that on September 16th, 2017, Insane Clown Posse and Juggalos will march on Washington D.C. to protest the gang designation. The event begins at the Lincoln Memorial, heads down Constitution Avenue and concludes at the Washington Monument, where the duo and fans will, in Violent J’s words, “explain to the world who the fuck we really are.”
ICP will also stage a free concert for fans at the nearby Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia that weekend.