Juggalos, Media Scares, and the West Memphis 3

Klint Finley writes on Mediapunk:
Insane Clown Posse

It’s difficult to estimate the total number of Juggalos. The 2009 Gathering of Juggalos had 20,000 people in attendence. The most recent ICP album sold about 50,000 copies in the first week. But let’s be conservative and go with the 20,000 estimate. (I actually suspect it’s much higher than this.)

Nightline cites only 3 instances of reported Juggalos actually murdering anyone. To be charitable, let’s assume there are 10 people who are both Juggalos and murderers.

That would mean AT MOST .05% of Juggalos are murderers. Granted that’s a significantly higher percentage than the US population at large (there were 16,272 murders in 2008 and the US had a population of about 305 million). But less than 1%, at most, isn’t exactly cause for alarm. And I would think Arizona’s finest would be better served by realizing that 99.94 percent of murders are committed by non-Juggalos and adjusting their law enforcement priorities accordingly. (As I write this, the number of murders committed per year by Toby Keith fans is currently unavailable.)

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  • Hadrian999

    the scary part about Juggalos is that they actually think their mindless lemming consumption
    makes them rebels.

    • E.B. Wolf

      The really scary part is they aren't the only ones.

      • Hadrian999

        somebody has to keep hot topic open i guess

  • tonyviner

    Juggalos are really malleable, that is what is scary. I have known a whole lot of them through the years, most of them are fine, decent people, but there are a great number that are violent criminals. Perhaps it just seems worse than it is. The weirdest conversation I had was with a guy I went to school with who had just found God. And ICP. Those two things really aren't meant to go together, they seem to be bad enough on their own, no need to pair them up.

    • E.B. Wolf

      Calling all Photo-shoppers: The Pope (or Pat Robertson) in full juggalo costume. Can I get a hallelujah?

  • http://www.myspace.com/caramelcorpse Schweí K. Übersteigen

    ICP.. The whackest shit since Vanilla Ice.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I approve of large Juggalo gatherings…this makes the use of high explosives more effective and lowers the risk to intelligent life that might otherwise be near them.

  • letthemeatcock

    Anyone that defines their self by a band they like is less than human.

  • Anonymous

    i would like to say that like all music re-lated fans or groups have always been picked on people talk about emo’s and goths and metalheads,etc. i mean no matter who you listen to theres always gonna be a bad apple. the hole thing is that people blame the eazest thing they can and that the fans of a group. so anybody can go and buy a icp t-shirt and call them selfs a juggalo doent mean they are. i been a juggalo for 15 years and i work for d.c comics have a wounderful wife and kids im not out murdering anybody. people blame things cuz they dont understand it. so if a person went out killing someone and they were wearing a lady gaga tshirt and said there part of a group that was called gaga people would you blame her?.

  • shadow313

    i would like to say that like all music re-lated fans or groups have always been picked on people talk about emo's and goths and metalheads,etc. i mean no matter who you listen to theres always gonna be a bad apple. the hole thing is that people blame the eazest thing they can and that the fans of a group. so anybody can go and buy a icp t-shirt and call them selfs a juggalo doent mean they are. i been a juggalo for 15 years and i work for d.c comics have a wounderful wife and kids im not out murdering anybody. people blame things cuz they dont understand it. so if a person went out killing someone and they were wearing a lady gaga tshirt and said there part of a group that was called gaga people would you blame her?.

    • Apathetic

      shadow… when someone listens to “emo” or “rap” they listen to a genre of music, a juggalo is someone who defines themselves by ONE BAND. Frankly, their music is for trailer trash, high school drop outs, and kids who think huffing paint is a legitimate pass time. I mean have you ever listened to their lyrics? In the UK they have a word for this, its either a Chav or A Ned… look it up. And good job on the DC comics, but frankly you can win a medal in the special olympics… it still doesnt change the fact your a retard

  • Apathetic

    shadow… when someone listens to “emo” or “rap” they listen to a genre of music, a juggalo is someone who defines themselves by ONE BAND. Frankly, their music is for trailer trash, high school drop outs, and kids who think huffing paint is a legitimate pass time. I mean have you ever listened to their lyrics? In the UK they have a word for this, its either a Chav or A Ned… look it up. And good job on the DC comics, but frankly you can win a medal in the special olympics… it still doesnt change the fact your a retard

  • Apathetic

    shadow… when someone listens to “emo” or “rap” they listen to a genre of music, a juggalo is someone who defines themselves by ONE BAND. Frankly, their music is for trailer trash, high school drop outs, and kids who think huffing paint is a legitimate pass time. I mean have you ever listened to their lyrics? In the UK they have a word for this, its either a Chav or A Ned… look it up. And good job on the DC comics, but frankly you can win a medal in the special olympics… it still doesnt change the fact your a retard

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