"Juggalo March" Tweets Show How Much Support There Was For Insane Clown Posse Fans
Devoted fans of the hip-hop rap duo Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, marched on Washington D.C. Saturday, drawing a massive crowd to the National Mall. There was plenty of talk about the protest on Twitter, and tweets under the "Juggalo March" hashtag voiced support for them, along with the addition of a healthy dose of humor to the mix.
The Juggalos' march was organized as a protest of the FBI's 2011 classification of them group as a gang. Since then, Insane Clown Posse has taken legal action, claiming the FBI's labeling has led to widespread discrimination against its fans.
While some voiced support for the group, citing their right to freedom of speech, others poked fun at the group's appearance in good humor. Some took to Twitter to laugh about the coincidence of scheduling in D.C., where a pro-Trump "Mother Of All Rallies" protest was held at the same time as the Juggalos' march; both were set to begin Saturday morning. The Juggalos met at the Lincoln Memorial and marched through the mall, and the the event was scheduled to end with a Insane Clown Posse concert Saturday night. Meanwhile, the "Mother of All Rallies," was scheduled to begin at the Washington Monument, though its turnout fell far short of its goal of 1 million people.
Some Twitter users who couldn't attend the rally tweeted their support for the Juggalo march. The goal of Saturday's protest is to clear the group's name and demonstrate that the FBI's labeling is unfair.
In announcing the march, the Juggalos' website stated:
The Juggalo Family must truly shine and show America and the world that we are not a gang, public menace, cult, or any of the other untrue labels they have attempted to slap on us throughout the years. We must collectively show them that we truly are a family that is united by a shared love of music and fellowship.
Supporters who couldn't travel to D.C. found unique ways to show support from home.
All Eyes Turn Toward Washington D.C. On Saturday
Saturday was expected to be the National Park Services' busiest day of the year in Washington D.C. Thousands descended on the capital, some in support of Trump, others in support of the so-called Juggalo Family. Because the events happened near one another, many waited with anticipation to see if the two groups might collide.
"Battle Of The D.C. Rallies"
Some Twitter users began calling the day the "Battle of the D.C. Rallies," in response to the overlapping pro-Trump rally and Juggalo march.
All The Faygo
As the somewhat-official Juggalo drink, organizers were naturally prepared for the march with stacks of Faygo.
Compare And Contrast
Some took to Twitter with turnout estimates, comparing the "Mother of All Rallies" to the Juggalo March.
Marching For Free Speech
When four fans of Insane Clown Posse and the band itself sued the FBI in 2014, it banded together with the American Civil Rights League. Together, they argued the FBI was infringing on their freedom of speech by unnecessarily classifying them as a gang. Their legal brief filed with Michigan court read, "(Like) other musical fan bases, the vast majority of Juggalos have nothing to do with criminal activity," a recent legal brief said, "let alone organized crime."
"If Its Good Enough For Forrest Gump"
Juggalos marched to the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, and it looks like they had that iconic Forrest Gump scene in mind.
Juggalos Descend On Washington With A Message
Attendees of the Juggalo march shared stories of discrimination online. Some supporters tried to inform the public and explain their reasons for following the Insane Clown Posse.
March organizers also planned face painting activities and sold merchandise printed with the Insane Clown Posse logo of a man running and carrying a hatchet. The band includes two Detroit-based rappers, Joseph Bruce, who goes by Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, or Shaggy 2 Dope. They are scheduled perform Saturday night at 9 p.m. in front of the Lincoln Memorial, where some 3,000 people are expected to gather.