Friday, April 27, 2018

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #11 - JUGGALO RISING

The founders of Struggalo Circus protesting one of last year's Berkeley right-wing "free speech" rallies.
L to R: Kitty Striker, Ape, RaiderLo. (PHOTO: Carly Mitchell)



It’s been a strange year for American politics. The Trump administration has turned reality completely on its head, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan are mainstreaming their beliefs into the body politic at speeds we haven’t seen since the twenties, and Juggalos – the sworn devotees of underground horrorcore rap group Insane Clown Posse, or ICP – now stand among the ranks of poster children for political resistance.

After being classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011, ICP and the juggalo community finally decided to take a stand against the ruling in September of last year, staging the first Juggalo March on Washington. As fate would have it, their protest was scheduled on the same day as a highly publicized pro-Trump rally, setting the two against each other in a competition for mindshare that was easily dominated by the Juggalos’ propensity for outrageousness.

In the buildup to the march, a number of politically-minded Juggalo groups began to take shape across the country, like the Struggalo Circus, located here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I recently sat down with one of their early members, a young man by the name Dimensions, to talk about how groups Struggalo Circus are continuing to take root across the nation, despite the juggalo community’s healthy distrust of both the law and the hands that guide it.

MUSIC:
Dustonius Maximus – Solitude
Noah Kickback – Captured
Doctor Striker – America

REFERENCES:
Juggalos, Nevertheless Persisting – The Baffler
What Is A Struggalo? – Viewpoint Magazine
The struggalo is real as radical ICP fans mobilize online – A/V Club

Struggalo Circus at the Juggalo March On Washington
 

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