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Sunday, July 13, 2008

I Thought You Guys Were Friends

posted by on July 13 at 23:49 PM

Something strange from the Rockstar Mayhem Festival earlier this week: For all the priceless hours of people watching I did not see a single Juggalo roaming the fair grounds. As long as Slipknot and Insane Clown Posse have been around I assumed that they shared a significant portion of each other’s fan bases, perhaps even a tragic love for one another. The similarities between the two have been discussed for years, as they both have incredibly similar shticks: both conceal their faces (ICP with makeup, Slipknot with masks), both have a penchant for profanity, both appeal to kids who have been ostracized from mainstream culture, there’s the “horror” thing, and most importantly, both groups are totally pissed. Though ICP have spawned an entire subculture, Slipknot’s fans are hardly less enthusiastic about their favorite band, something that really sunk in after seeing my hundredth “S” and/or barcode tattoo at the show. The two groups have so much in common, why aren’t they better friends?

The kids I knew in high school who loved Slipknot also had ICP records, though they were outwardly “metal” kids who mostly liked the clowns for the gross stuff they said. Still, both bands appealed to them as musical outlets for their pent up teenage frustration. I was fortunate enough to go to a Juggalo concert in Spokane earlier this winter. After three rap acts a metal band very much influenced by Slipknot, Moment of Psylence, headlined the show. The guitarist wore a sweet zombie outfit and mask. Throughout their set the Juggalos, metal kids, and very small children slam-danced with each other, giant smiles abound. Here I saw the two subcultures peacefully coexisting as they seemed destined to: both groups had the same gripes, one side just preferred to rap and the other to rock.

So it was more than a little strange to see literally a thousand people in Slipknot shirts and not one Juggalo at the festival. I thought they were in this thing together, like they were in Spokane. But no, not a single clown. Wherefore art thou, Juggalos?

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1

Thats a hilarious post there dude. Keep them coming. Maybe you can collaborate with someone from Vice magazine and get to the bottom of this awesome story idea.

Posted by Biggie J | July 14, 2008 8:18 AM
2

Who fucking cares? Hands down the most worthless, obnoxious, childishly pointless "subculture" to ever surface.

Posted by Nick | July 14, 2008 9:11 AM
3

fuuck that. yesterday it was juggalo meltdown downtown. Clown supergroup Dark Lotus was playing. those kids give me the willies

Posted by lar | July 15, 2008 9:44 PM

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