The 13th annual Gathering of the Juggalos is underway in Cave-in-Rock, Ill., this weekend, and the ninjas are not fucking around this year: Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, the godfathers of the Juggalo movement and the duo that comprises the Insane Clown Posse, reportedly sat everyone down in the seminar tent this afternoon to announce that they're taking legal action against the FBI.
In November of last year, the FBI made the bold decision to classify the Juggalos as a "hybrid gang" in its annual National Gang Threat Assessment report. Today, reports Village Voice reporter and pioneering Juggalo journalist Camille Dodero, ICP sat down for their annual seminar session at the Gathering. They'd teased at making "the biggest announcement of our career" on Twitter, and according to Dodero, they didn't disappoint (unless you were looking for an ICP-approved explanation of how magnets work).
Along with the lawsuit, ICP's label, Psychopathic Records, has launched the website Juggalos Fight Back, where ninjas and ninjettes can share incidents in which they believe they've been treated unfairly by law enforcement. Those will in turn be reviewed, pro bono, by Psychopathic Records' legal team. As those come in, ICP hopes, they'll start to build a legitimate case against the FBI's classification.
The real fuck-you to the government, though, is that in Cave-in-Rock this weekend the Juggalos, alleged "hybrid gang" members, are engaged in the "personal drug use and possession"—and sure, maybe some "petty theft and vandalism" to go along with it—that earned them the classification in the first place, and there's nothing the FBI can do about it. The Gathering sits on private property, and the on-site security has never attempted to obstruct the festival's drug trade. For at least the next couple of days, the Juggalos will sling peacefully onward.
[Village Voice. Photo: Getty]