Politics Juggalos for Obama, Juggalos for Ron Paul
posted by January 17 at 16:59 PMon
From a blog on Barak Obama’s website:
I do not intend to pretend that the Insane Clown Posse and their fans have a sort of hive mind that acts as one. With the Insane Clown Posse, and any other rap group or rock band, you get what you put into it. Many people believe that the duo of loud mouth, in-your-face clowns, are little more than shock rock gurus who have taken a disaffected youth and painted it over with their own brand of antiestablishment rhetoric. I believe this is inaccurate. It is, of course, true that the lyrics feature boastfulness, belligerence, vulgarities of every nature, blasphemy, and a rejection of all things normal, however, it is also true that the band creates a puckish satire of the problems they see in the world around them. There are many songs by the Joes that are meant to be little more than entertaining, these songs make up the bulk of their music. I will argue that the tracks that focus (directly or indirectly) on their political and spiritual views are cooperative with the goals and ideals of presidential candidate Barack Obama.
The article goes on to address the topics that Juggalos and Obama agree on: Prisoner Rights, Health Care Reform, Ending the War in Iraq, and Fighting Poverty.
I was just in Spokane this week to attend a Juggalo rap concert, and was fortunate to interview several musicians and fans about what it is like to be a “Modern Juggalo” and where their scene is headed. The Juggalos I spoke to did not express love for Obama, but rather for Repulican candidate Ron Paul. Here is a snippet from an interview I did with two Juggs attending the show:
Than: We’re not a bunch of ultra-violent piss heads, dude. We’re all fuckin’ cool; we’re all family here. We don’t fit other places, and we’ve found someplace that we fuckin’ belong.
Rufus Nusto: It’s starting to be a little more accepted I think.
Than: Either that or you can fit, but you don’t want to. You see all the bullshit.
Rufus Nusto: Ron Paul for president!
Me: For real?
Rufus Nusto: I love Ron Paul. If he doesn’t win I hope he runs as somebody’s vice president. I really hope that he does get into office, he’s got some great ideas.
Me: You agree with that statement?
Than: Fuckin’ straight up.
Rufus Nusto: Most Juggalos probably do like Ron Paul because he’s against the drug war for the most part, things like meth and crack should be busted down on, but as far as marijuana goes, real natural drugs, he’s not against that.
From background, shouted: “Marijuana is not a drug, sir!”
Four people start shouting “Herb! Herb!”
My anthropological study of the “Modern Juggalo” will appear in the coming weeks.