The thing about Juggalos is they really will take just about anybody. Got stank breath, bald spots, no legs, lopsided titties (any gender), crabs, one lazy eye and one hyperactive eye and your feet smell like bologna? No problem as long as you’re not a nark and are willing to show them lopsided titties on request, the Juggalos will have you. While I’m sure there’s racism present in the community, it’s not really what they’re known for. There’s a reason Ice-T fucks with the Juggalos’ raise d’etre, the Insane Clown Posse. They are a rap group after all! According to Variety, ICP is as down with BLM as they are with OPP.
While they haven’t actually come out with a pro-Black Lives Matter statement that I can find, ICP is selling a “Fuck Your Rebel Flag” t-shirt, a reference to a 1991 song of the same name.
— Insane Clown Posse (@icp) June 16, 2020
In ICP’s case, there’s a song to go with the shirt — the 1991 number “Fuck Your Rebel Flag” from the duo’s “Carnival of Carnage” album. In that number, ICP resort to typically homicidal themes, with lyrics that — characteristically, for the duo — imagine the deaths of flag-bearing racists (“You don’t care who it offends / You say it’s your right / Well it’s my right to sock you dead in your lip” is among the more printable lyrics).
In addition to selling shirts that promote reaching into the spine of an unsuspecting 34-year-old racist hillbilly who is still in the third grade named Goober, and pulling it out with one’s bare hands (fair), ICP are also petitioning to have a square in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, renamed in honor of a Black Juggalo, Thomas “Cannibal” Cottingham, who was stabbed to death in 2015 trying to protect a woman and her child. While the petition isn’t explicitly anti-racist, as Lana Del Rey might say, it’s not not anti-racist.
In September 2015, Juggalo Hero Thomas "Cannibal" Cottingham gave his life to protect the innocent! Now there's a petition to rename the Square in Downtown Delaware in his honor. Sign, share, and shout it everywhere. Much Clown Love for Cannibal!https://t.co/zoukmYNAWT pic.twitter.com/gsdMtra8SU
— Insane Clown Posse (@icp) June 13, 2020
According to NBC10 Philadelphia, Cannibal was indeed a true hero. A man with a knife accosted a woman who was walking down the street pushing her child in a baby carriage. The assailant then “chased after the woman as she ran around a bus stop,” and Cannibal jumped into action.
As Hooker pursued her, Cottingham intervened and tried to stop him, police said. Hooker then allegedly stabbed Cottingham in the back. Officials say Cottingham managed to get away and then collapsed to the ground. Hooker allegedly followed Cottingham and stabbed him several more times in the upper torso before fleeing the scene on foot. Cottingham was taken to Christiana Hospital where he died from his injuries.
The petition asks that Rodney Square be renamed Cottingham square in his honor. And if we’re honoring Black Juggalos on this beautiful Juneteenth day, I suggest a bronze statue of Alexander “Less Legs” Perkins working the pedals on a golf cart with a baseball bat, replace every confederate monument in the country. And should this come to pass, I would implore everyone, Juggalo and muggalo alike, to place a magnet on one, in honor of the miracles that surround us every day.
And I’m not gonna lie, Fuck Your Rebel Flag kinda slaps.