It used to be the only thing more unnerving than listening to the Insane Clown Posse was actually seeing the masked horrorcore duo. This wasn't unreasonable thing to be afraid of. The band wore scary masks and wrote songs about goblins cooking their legs and escaped mental patients.It was rough stuff, best enjoyed alone and in the dark.
Then last September, The Village Voice ran a feature about the annual Gathering of the Juggalos. (Juggalos are male diehard fans of the band; women are Juggalettes.) The piece made the horror of the band less scary, or at least non-threatening. When one Juggalo describes the event as "the biggest family reunion on the planet" and another preaches "clown love," it sounds like the kind of earnestness you'd expect from Baby Boomer Deadheads and Bruce Springsteen fanatics. When the Insane Clown Posse unveiled the video for their Christmas toy drive a few months later, it seemed lovable, even though it was just two guys in Santa suits swearing and threatening to beat people. Their hearts were in the right place.
To the band's credit, they've capitalized on the public's new appreciation for ironic horror. Their newest venture is a movie review webcast for NextMovie.com. In the first installment, Violent J (left) and Shaggy 2 Dope (right) discuss Water For Elephants. This is funny, because Water For Elephants is the kind of maudlin prestige picture that Juggalos aren't the target audience for. How much one enjoys the segment will likely depend on how desensitized you are to the whole package. We admit, we chuckled when Violent J said it was "sooo sappy and the kiss scenes were like ten minutes long" and Shaggy 2 Dope suggested recasting Christoph Waltz with James Woods. We're only human.
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