The FBI Says the Insane Clown Posse Can’t Sue Them Over a Gang Classification…

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At the beginning of the year, the Insane Clown Posse sued the FBI for classifying their fan base as a gang.

ICP’s fans are called Juggalos. They are known for painting their faces, drinking Faygo, and for completely devoting themselves to ICP. The FBI added Juggalos to the National Gang Threat Assessment in 2011.

ICP said the gang classification is “unwarranted and unlawful” and is negatively impacting their business.

The FBI doesn’t really care about that.

The Associated Press has reported that the U.S. Justice Department is asking a judge to drop ICP’s lawsuit. They say there are no grounds to sue, and that they aren’t responsible for any problems ICP is facing as a result of the classification.

A hearing is being held to address the issue.

9 Responses

  1. simon

    icp fans a gang? god, i think i’ve heard it all now lol.

  2. TuneHunter

    I am curious how it relates to music but agree it relates to speedy and irreversible conversion of United States to East Germany.

  3. CyberpunkDave5K

    It’s pretty obviously a case of slander. I guess the FBI doesn’t have to play by the same rules as everyone else.

    • Shane NRG

      Although the FBI isn’t being fair, I take their side for trying to end ICP. They are one of the many things that ruin music. They should be banned from making music.

      • Dave 5000

        I completely disagree. Just because you don’t like their style or music doesn’t mean they should be treated like trash. Think about how many examples they have set from a business standpoint for independent artists. They were dropped from a major label right when their debut album came out and instead of quitting they kept going and have been extremely successful. Other indie labels like Tech N9ne’s Strange Music and countless others have used ICP’s label as an example for how to build and indie label so I would say as a whole ICP has been great for the industry no matter what you think of their music.

  4. David

    Shane NRG, you need to move to a place with a dictatorship. Thinking you can tell anybody what to do or what music they should listen to. Who do you think you are?

  5. Herb

    I agree with David , except for one thing, that’s not music. Ha

  6. Chicken Hunter

    No matter what you think of ICP’s music, they have been putting on a clinic on “how to make money in music” for the past 15 years.

    While everyone else has been whining about how piracy is to blame for why people won’t buy their “artistically important” product, these guys saw that very few people actually care about music. But everyone cares about social status and experiences – so why not through some shitty music over the top of that.

    These guys make Phish, the dead, Diddy and Jay-Z look like fucking amateurs.

    They have 100% of their fans each wearing approximately $300 of merch to every show. Spin-off bands that blanket the nation in coordinated tours. Massive festivals. And they take off the top of all it.

    … and their fan base; all people that can barely afford rent or read at a 5th grade level. They probably capture 50% of their fan’s disposable income.

    Is it all a sad commentary on the state of the music business? Hell no. It’s more of a business now than it ever was in the past. You want to make important music that satisfies you artistically? Do it. It’s easier and cheaper than ever. But don’t delude yourself into thinking any one else will ever care. Do it for you. You might get lucky.

    You want fame and the big dollars that go with it, you better know your market and fucking nail it.