Last year, the FBI named the Juggalos, fans of the clown-faced hip-hop band Insane Clown Posse, as a "hybrid gang." Now, the ICP is fighting back, telling fans yesterday that the band will sue the FBI, reports the Village Voice. The danger, says the band, is that as a "gang," fans who get charged with crimes now face much steeper sentences, as even minor offense can be treated as gang activity. Fans could also be kept off of airplanes or face problems at border crossings.
"We're not attacking the FBI, but they got this wrong," says band member Violent J (Joseph Bruce). "The Juggalos are not a gang, and that needs to be fixed." The band has launched the website Juggalos Fight Back, where fans who think they have had their rights violated can tell their stories to a legal team for free. "We are hearing too many stories," adds Shaggy 2 Dope (Joseph Utsler). "Just because you like a music group, doesn't make you a criminal."