Insane Clown Violent J on the Recent Wave of Creepy Clown Arrests and the Fragility of Liberty

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The Insane Clown Posse is concerned about your civil rights. In light of the recent rash of disturbing clown sightings being reported across the United States, Time reached out to America’s most popular clown-themed entertainers, the Insane Clown Posse, to get their input on the rise of these emotional-terrorist clowns that are freaking people out for no good reason at all. So, Violent J took up the pen and didn’t write a defense of clowns so much as he did a takedown of plainclothes villains who are trying to strip the American people — and especially their dedicated Juggalo Army — of their inalienable rights. Violent J begins his op-ed by saying, “After 25 years of unquestionably being The World’s Most Hated Band, Insane Clown Posse has just about seen it all.” And while J seems to be willfully ignoring the existence of the band Nickelback, anyone who performs at the Gathering of the Juggalos probably has seen it all. But the point is: J doesn’t want you to be distracted by the people in grease paint when you should be keeping your eye on the Man.

As ICP has discovered over the last decade, there’s a whole army of scary, terrifying and dangerous clowns out there in this country trying to suppress the rights of thousands of people to exercise the most basic part of the Declaration of Independence, which evokes the freedom to “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

He goes on to point out the many ways ICP fans have been harassed by law enforcement and persecuted for wearing Posse-related apparel and logos, and calls out the FBI for labeling the Juggalos a “hybrid gang.”

These clowns threaten the very fabric on which our nation was supposedly founded upon—and for some f—ing crazy-a– reason, they’re getting away with it. From keystone-cop clowns shooting unarmed citizens, to racist clowns burning down Islamic centers or clowns in the NSA spying on us through our cell phones and laptops, America has turned into something far more terrifying than Insane Clown Posse’s Dark Carnival. Even a scrub like me who dropped out of school in ninth grade can see what’s going on. Today’s reality is scarier than anything you’ll ever hear on one of our albums.

Violent J closes the piece by inviting any and all to join the Juggalo family for a civil-rights march and free concert in Washington D.C. next September, where they will “send our message directly to the U.S. Department of Justice: The discrimination against Juggalos must be seen for the unconstitutional travesty it is.”