Rap group Insane Clown Posse has a die-hard core fan base that, while they don't number in the millions, as some other, more well-known rap artists do, are significant enough to draw the ire of the FBI.
Recently the law enforcement agency labeled fans of the act a "gang," and they've apparently decided to target them specifically. What's it all about?
The Young Turks covered the topic on their live show Tuesday night, and they made some valid points. Hosts Ana Kasparian, Cenk Uygur, and Jayar Jackson came out, appropriately a bit profanely, in support of ICP's right to free speech and pointing out it's all just an act anyway.
After all, are other rap groups being targeted by the FBI?
While Kasparian admitted she's not heard much of their music, Uygur says he's got some tracks on his iPod while Jackson advocates just leaving them alone. That's a good cross-section of what the Insane Clown Posse fan base is comprised of anyway.
Thousands get together frequently for what is called a "Gathering of the Juggalos" concert and some sporadic violent crimes have been committed afterwards.
But, to use the FBI's way of thinking, shouldn't the LA Lakers or the Chicago Bulls also be considered as leading a gang? "Gang" violence after some of their championship games have resulted in riots and looting.
According to CNN, the ICP has decided to sue the FBI for harassment, so it remains to be seen how the case winds its way through the legal system. It seems it's just another example of Big Brother overreacting and losing proper focus.
Doesn't the FBI have to catch murderers, thieves, and terrorists? After all, ICP is just a Hip-Hop and Rap music act.
And, in the overwhelming majority of opinion (based on current sales figures) not an overwhelmingly popular one.
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