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Jacob Shelton
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What are juggalos? You may not know, but they’re down with the clown, down for life yo. Simply put, juggalos are fans of the horrorcore group Insane Clown Posse. They’re ultra sincere people of all ages and all walks of life who are widely mocked in popular culture for just enjoying a thing. Maybe the mockery comes from a lack of understanding of what juggalos really are. Most people only know about the juggalo attacks, and the annual chaos that comes with the Gathering of the Juggalos. So what does it mean to be a juggalo? Do you have to paint your face? Do you really have to drink Faygo? Keep reading to discover everything you want to know about juggalos.

As far as underground cultures go, juggalos are fairly inclusive to outsiders. They’re a fun loving bunch that’s into super scary rap, and face paint, but is there anything deeper to the juggalos? These juggalo lifestyle facts are going to clear up a lot of misnomers about juggalos, a maligned group of people who shot to the top of the cultural zeitgeist after the FBI singled them out as one of America’s new top gangs. Make sure to slap on your face paint, and pour yourself a glass of Faygo before reading these facts about juggalos. Whopp whoop.

Are All Juggalos Poor?


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Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a study on the average income of a juggalo, but to lump all juggalos into the lowest tax bracket simply because they like the music of ICP isn’t fair. However, the two men that make up Insane Clown Posse, Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J, are both open about their adolescence, and the face that they grew up destitute in suburban Michigan. The group’s admittance of being poor for most of their lives obviously strikes a chord within juggalos, who are mostly working class, and live in rural areas.

Are They All Caucasian?


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Watch any footage from the Gathering of the Juggalos, or an ICP concert, and you’ll see an overwhelming amount of Caucasian faces. However, ICP and the juggalos have made it a point to let people know that anyone who’s down with the clown has a place at the table. Kevin Gill, a man who spoke at the Juggalo March on Washington put it best in a speech that he delivered to a lively juggalo crowd: “We made the name ‘Juggalo’ to represent all of us, men, women, black, white, brown, yellow, fat as f*ck, skinny as a broomstick, gay, straight, bi, trans, young, old and folded and loopy, rich, poor.”

What’s Up With The “Whoop Whoop” Chant?


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If you’ve ever been in a close proximity with juggalos, or watched footage any kind of juggalo gathering you’ve no doubt heard the immortal words, “whoop whoop,” but what does that even mean? At its core “whoop whoop” sounds like an innocuous chant, but the fact that its managed to cement itself in the very bedrock of the juggalo lexicon means that there has to be some kind of deeper meaning, right?

In the Detroit Metro Times column, “Ask A Juggalo,” Will Sigler – a 36 year old juggalo who works at Psychopathic Records, the label run by ICP – finally answers what “whoop whoop” really means. He says that “whoop whoop” is mostly used as a form of farewell, and that it’s used similarly to how Marines use the “ooh rah” chant. “[Whoop whoop is] an easy thing to say, it's fun to say, and it can mean everything or nothing. And it sounds just the same, whether you're drunk or sober. And even sometimes when you're sad, you can say, like, 'Whoop whoop, man.'"

 

Why Was There A Juggalo March On Washington?


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In 2011 an FBI report on gang culture in the US was released, and it classified juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” The ACLU said that the FBI’s rhetoric violated the free speech of juggalos, and in 2012 ICP sued the FBIBut what does it really mean to have your subculture listed as a gang? Because the FBI declared juggalos to be a “hybrid gang,” that now gives law enforcement probable cause to stop anyone displaying any kind ICP merchandise. This applies to Hatchetman stickers on cars, ICP tattoos, and even Hatchet Gear (the clothing company owned by ICP). This can lead to drug arrests, job and custody loss simply because someone identifies as a juggalo.

To put it simply, the march was a peaceful protest against the baseless qualification of juggalos as gang members. As with any large group of people, there are certainly bad apples, but that doesn’t mean that everyone with a Hatchetman tattoo is a terrible person.