American Juggalo

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The Insane Clown Posse are an American Hip-Hop duo from Detroit, Michigan, and perform as their alter egos known as Wicked Clowns. If this all sounds bizarre to you, you’re not alone. However, these stranger than fiction performers have a loyal following, called Juggalos. The Juggalos have created a whole subculture around the music and way of life.

The second week of August is a special time for Juggalos. From all over the country, they get together at The Gathering of the Juggalos, the occasion for this often mocked and misunderstood subculture to come together and have a good time. These hardcore Insane Clown Posse fans meet once a year for four days and this documentary gives us a glimpse of what drives these people to become so passionate about this alternative way of life.

Amidst shouts of “whoop! whoop!” the Juggalos openly express what they like most about their lifestyle. To all of them it’s like a family. They feel accepted and comfortable with each other.

A lot of Juggalos have a “normal” lives. Some are managers, others are medical doctors. Yet they choose to come to The Gathering every year. Not for the carnival rides or the alcohol, drugs, or sex, but for the ties that bind them together. For the freedom to be whomever they want to be, sans the judgment. Nobody cares what you look like, the color of your skin, how much you weigh, or how you earn your living.

These people come together from many different cultures and are bonded together in what they call a lifestyle. Many have been rejected or discriminated against because they’re different. But within this community, everybody’s accepted just as they are.

Watch “American Juggalo” for a look into what appears to be a strange alternative lifestyle that may not be so outrageous after all.