Perhaps it’s unfair to hold the Insane Clown Posse and the Juggalo Family culpable for the barbarism and depravity of a few bad seeds. Like all of us, the Juggalos have brothers and sisters that drag the family’s reputation through the mud such that it conceals the splendor and goodness at the core. Perhaps our hurtful words say more about us than them, more about our inability to see beyond the false stereotypes created by our increasingly sensationalistic media. Despite the principle of tolerance that grounds our values, we pass judgment without careful deliberation, exposing our own moral duplicity. It’s subtle, yes, but a distinction must be made: the ICP doesn’t endorse brutality and homophobia, for example, but represents how both are ingrained in our cultural DNA. If we would look closer, we’d see that the clown looking back is not as unfamiliar as we expected, and that enlightenment follows perspicuity.
Wed., Dec. 15, 8pm. $26. With Axe Murder Boyz, ABK + Misison: Infect. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332. electricfactory.info
PW's Music Issue 2014