Last night, Martin Bashir interviewed Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope of the Insane Clown Posse on Nightline about the Juggalo phenomenon, horrorcore, and the community’s connection to actual violent crimes. For the most part, the segment was an attempt to vilify a couple of performance artists, and in that sense, Videogum is firmly Team Juggalo. I mean, their music and culture embraces rape and murder as unifying themes, but the Insane Clown Posse rap in greasepaint and spray their audience with regional soda. I’m just saying, they are multi-millionaire entertainers, and listening to awful (AWFUL) rap about killing someone is not how actually killing someone was invented. That shit has been going on for years (literally every year since years started). And as the world’s population increases and there are simply more and more people who are genuinely mentally disturbed due to the statistical occurrence of mental illness in the population, it just makes sense that some of them would also own ICP albums. I’m obviously willing to believe that there are more criminals who listen to ICP than, say, Jens Lekman, but that doesn’t mean that the band is actually to blame for those criminals’ behaviors. It’s Marilyn Manson all over again (and before that it was Catcher in the Rye in John Hinkley’s hotel room, how quaint) and the only thing anyone blames him for these days is keeping the chlorine levels balanced in his skull-shaped hot tub. (“Come on, Brian, it was your turn to put the powder in*.” — some stupid girl.) I’m just saying, accusing the actual members of ICP of inciting actual violence is kind of ridiculous. They are literally clowns.
That being said, Martin Bashir’s earnest, hushed-tones questioning of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope is a priceless addition to anyone’s LOLk portfolio:
“Violent J, I didn’t say that.”
Martin Bashir’s tombstone