A mere two weeks after Insane Clown Posse said it would move its annual Gathering of the Juggalos from its longtime home at Illinois’ Cave-In Rock to Kaiser, Missouri, the festival is already looking for a new town that’s never heard of Insane Clown Posse, or is incapable of reading contextual clues. The Associated Press reports that the decision follows complaints from around the CryBaby Campground, which is—no doubt to the frustration of ICP—the area’s actual name, and not of the parody town that will inevitably appear in the Insane Clown Posse video about all this.
In a post on the Psychopathic Records website, festival organizers reassuringly stress that the actual owners of the campground have “mad love for all people, including Juggalos.” Furthermore, they say organizers were fully prepared for what the Gathering would entail—both because they host an annual biker rally, and because they took meetings with a band named “Insane Clown Posse.” Instead, organizers blame the decision on the ensuing “media blitz” after the announcement, and how the residents in the surrounding area then “began to raise hell,” something ICP links to its recent lawsuit against the FBI, and the general perception that their fans and festival are prone to misbehavior. This based on nothing more than extensive, graphically detailed documentation across six years of the Gathering’s existence.
“Some people in the community where the Gathering was to be held must have believed the nonsense because they kept saying a ‘gang’ was coming to their town and we heard reports that some people were starting to arm themselves. Unbelievable!” the owners of a record label called “Psychopathic” write incredulously, of the community’s response to their festival where arrests, assaults, and even deaths are no longer really considered news.
Though, in their defense, there’s also the AP’s statement that local Sheriff Bill Abbott “recently asked a reporter if the festival would feature Willie Nelson-style music,” suggesting that ICP may be correct in its assessment that residents of Kaiser remain totally unaware of Juggalo culture. On a related note, you can get some pretty decent townhomes there, starting at around $175,000.
Still, the police department said it had since done its research. “We were learning new stuff every day,” Sheriff’s Capt. Louie Gregory said, suggesting he and Insane Clown Posse maybe aren’t so different after all.