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

*Look who knows everything about hot tubs apparently. I AM READY FOR YOU, HOLLYWOOD!
Comments (60)
  1. The feelings watching this are unapproachable.

  2. Watch Nightline every night at 11 0′clock because “Martin Bashir is smart as a motherfucker”*

    *New ABC tagline

  3. I dunno Gabe, Jens did release that EP called “I KILLED a party again”.

  4. It looks like Violent J might want to consider switching to Diet Faygo.

  5. Yes because calling your fans full retards is the way to get respect, good job Violent J

  6. Could’ve used more shitty stacked chairs scattered in the background.

  7. “I don’t believe in this evidence you speak of.”

    And with that, your honor, the defense rests.

  8. Nice try, Martin, but Violent J will never admit that these are his tools for poetic excellence:


    Is this the whole thing? I think I’d like to watch the whole thing and cry about it.

  10. I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of Violent J breathing.

  11. I still think my favorite thing about these guys is the white facepaint over Violent J’s goatee.

  12. Violent J is definitely Walter Sobchak in a parallel universe.

  13. Mr. Violent James. are you not encouraging your fans to become sheriffs in the lawless Old West?

  14. Now, I’ve never been interviewed on television but I’m pretty sure any attempt to present a credible argument against any type of accusation is to definitely use the word “Motherfucker” while wearing clown make-up during that interview.

  15. Boy, Martin Bashir really burned them at the end when he got them to admit that at least 1 of the several million people who own clown rap albums has probably committed a violent crime. Is it Pulitzer time yet?

  16. “Welcome to prison, here’s your copy of Night Falls Over Kortedala.”

  17. “If it’s not your cup of tea, it probably sounds ridiculous to you.”

    That’s because your cup of tea is my cup of shit.

  18. I miss the carefree days of Sugar Slam and DJ Clay.

  19. i’m not trying to sound like ass dan up in here or anything (ahhh yeah!) but did anyone else notice martin/dateline clearly messed up one of the icp lyrics in the beginning? on the screen it says “from doom and either way bass boom” and any well respecting member of team juggalo who hasn’t lost his hearing from constant faygo showers should know it says “from doom to 808 bass boom”.

  20. Do you think this was Martin Bashir’s idea? Or a producer handed it down to him?

    • And he comes back from a dreamy haze as Violent J finishes his answer to a question in the interview, stands up, and says “Forget it Clown, its Nacho Town” ?

  21. Violent J = Violent Jhorts

  22. I’ve developed a bad habit at work. In the evenings, before I leave for the day, I go to Youtube and just watch videos of Juggalos talking about what it means to be a Juggalo. I do not know why, I just do. I feel like Odysseus on the Island of the Lotus Eaters. They make me want to sleep.

  23. Bashir: “Aren’t your lyrics immature?”

    Violent J: “You are interviewing men in clown make-up. Do any of us believe that this is a serious journalistic matter?”

    Bashir: “No.”

    Shaggy 2 Dope: “Bitch.”

  24. my favorite part was where bashir says:
    “what does it mean when you call a song ‘imma kill you?’”
    and shaggy 2 dope says, without a moments pause:
    “it mean imma kill you”
    and violent j just kinda fumbles for words. I felt that Violent J is definately more of the brains, and that question HONESTLY stumped him.

  25. Martin Bashir is a nedden hole.

  26. Kevin Smith

  27. mydaughter'sname69  |   Posted on Mar 10th, 2010 +3

    I can’t wait until Die Antwoord has to defend themselves against Middle America in interviews like this, because that is going to happen.

  28. Martin Bashir is such a phony scumbag. I am especially disappointed that he wore his fake outrage mask, rather than the fake sympathy one he sported for that Michael Jackson documentary several years ago. I was really hoping to see Shaggy 2 Dope climb a tree.

  29. How many people in prison own The Eagles’ Greatest Hits? Why can’t THAT be a story Martin Bashir?!

  30. Do you guys think that they only wear the make up for public appearances? Or do they like wake up every morning and touch up their clown faces before heading downstairs for breakfast? Do they watch movies with the clown faces on? Go to Old Country Buffet/Cracker Barrel with the clown faces? I like to think yes. Also, Applebees. But maybe not Olive Garden on date nights? Too classy.

  31. Am I the only one who saw this because I was too sadly lazy to turn the TV off after ‘LOST’?

    (Bringing up ‘LOST’ gets me upvotes, right?)

    This is the FULL interview with everything Nightline left out….

  33. Whoop Whoop! Wang 2 the mouth Martin Bashir

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