"[Juggalos come] from all walks of life — from poverty, from rich, from all religions, all colors. [...] It doesn't matter if you're born with a silver spoon in your mouth, or a crack rock in your mouth."
— Shaggy 2 Dope
Within the community surrounding the Insane Clown Posse
and Psychopathic Records
artists, fans are known as "Juggalos", "Juggalettes" and "Ninjas". The term originated during a live performance by Insane Clown Posse. During the song "The Juggla", Joseph Bruce addressed the audience as Juggalos, and the positive response resulted in Bruce and Joseph Utsler using the word thereafter to refer to themselves and their friends, family, and fans, including other Psychopathic Records artists. Juggalos have compared themselves to a family. Common characteristics include drinking the inexpensive soft drink Faygo
and wearing Monster Clown
face paint. They view the lyrics of Psychopathic Records artists (which are often violent in nature) as a catharsis for aggression.
Thanks to Public Medium Ignorance
, Juggalos are widely stereotyped in a variety of ways despite the fact that the lyrics of Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records artists have encouraged free thought and individualism, and thus there are a wide variety of Juggalos with different interests, beliefs, backgrounds, etc. But if one happens to hate the music they love, there tends to be a bias against Juggalos, collectively categorizing the entire culture as being the same. See the Playing With
page for examples of how Juggalos are portrayed in different mediums, from straightforward examples to Straw Fan
exaggerations and subversions.
The worst example of Public Medium Ignorance
toward Juggalos is that some local law enforcement groups and the FBI have listed "Juggalos" on their gang registries. Never mind the fact that there is no evidence connecting any violent act or gang affiliation committed by any individual to any music or music fanbase, or that there is no evidence of the existence of any Juggalo "gangs" despite law enforcement claims, but that classifying "Juggalos" as a gang puts these fans in danger from actual
If the FBI's classification of this fanbase as a "gang" does not immediately strike you as being silly, it should also be noted that the FBI thinks that Juggalos are aligned with Non-Ironic Clowns
as part of a hybrid criminal network
. ICP are now suing the FBI
The Useful Notes
page examines Juggaloism in further detail.
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- The Playboy-lite magazine FHM once ran a condescending feature on Juggalo chicks, describing them drinking crappy soda (Faygo, of course) and being "dirt-dog ugly," even without the clown makeup. (They also seem to be fond of Panty Shots, which, coupled with the heavy makeup, are a pretty good source of Fetish Retardant.)
- According to an episode of Law & Order, all Juggalos probably want to kill you; the writers also represent Horrorcore as a solely Juggalo genre, but in real life, not all horrorcore fans are Juggalos. Juggalo rapper Kid Crusher openly criticized this episode, which used a clip from one of his music videos out of context and presented with a faux band name.
- Juggalos are portrayed in a satirical context on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Superjail and Squidbillies. Insane Clown Posse appeared as themselves on ATHF.
- In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Charlie defends a Juggalo (wearing full clown paint) from bullies.
- In Workaholics, the guys unknowingly set Jillian up with a Juggalo. Once they find out, they attempt to rescue her but find that the Juggalos are not as bad as they had thought. Later they find out that juggalos are exactly as bad as they thought.
- One Thousand Ways To Die has a clown named Funny Eddie attempting to shut down "Infernal Clown Posse" due to their defamation of clowns everywhere. When he invades one of their concerts, his performing-clown makeup gets him a lot of stares from the Juggalos present. He ends up covered in soda and electrocuted when he tries to subsequently unplug their speakers. Infernal Clown Posse are played by Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope themselves, and they perform (the clean parts of) their song "In Yo Face" during the concert section of the story.
- Kris Straub's webcomic Chainsawsuit portrayed the adventures of j reginyld freekshow Juggalo Lawyer.
- The perpetually mellow Gamzee of Homestuck, an alien who worships a cult that oddly resembles ICP called the Subjugglators. They basically act like a murderous Kangaroo Court/insane government for all of Alternia, can Mind Rape people by making their fears reality, and would rule the planet were it not for the Nautical Royalty holding the threat of culling over their heads.
- Gamzee also eventually snaps, kills off a couple of trolls and becomes one of the most dangerously unpredictable characters in the series.
- His Ancestor was also a Subjugglator and was pretty much the head of the land-dwelling portion of the planet, directly under the Troll Empress.
- It's implied that ICP was subconsciously inspired by Gamzee's cult, which was itself subconsciously inspired by a time traveling Eldritch Abomination. Though Gamzee views ICP as heresy, possibly assuming that his cult was based off of a music video that the troll empress arranged for him to see, which stirs his rage.
- The aforementioned Troll Empress eventually arrives in an Alternate Universe Earth and attempts to recreate her former model of government by manipulating the media into getting ICP itself elected President of the United States. No, not as President and VP. BOTH J and Dope as President.
- Questionable Content accuses Juggalos of being homophobic.
- Bucko featured a fight between a "Juggalo Queen" and a Suicide Girl, with the former joining the main characters' search for the title character because the latter "done vanquished [her] ass in a faih fight," invoking "The Code of The Juggalo" as a result.
- Horndog TV: Host Lucifer is a clown who reviews Exploitation film. Downplayed, as the show's creator, Isaac Baranoff, is a Juggalo and there's an ICP song playing at the end of the first episode, but the character doesn't display any stereotypical traits of Juggalos.
- LoadingReadyRun mocks Juggalos and more specifically the ICP song Miracles in the sketch Scientist's Rebuttal to ICP.