One of the most appealing fantasies that never quite came to be in Year 1 of Hell World was the prospect of tiki-torch Nazis and Juggalos fighting to the death in our nation’s capital (presumably, with the Juggalos winning). Fans of the group Insane Clown Posse and Charlottesville spillovers were set to descend on the National Mall on September 16, and what we got instead was a bit underwhelming, for the best.
About 1,500 Juggalos and 400 pro-Trump rallyers peacefully gathered in solidarity (separately) for two very different reasons: The Juggalos were upset about a 2011 report which classified them as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang,” and the Trump contingent wanted to show support for the president. Both sides haven’t achieved their desired result: Trump’s approval rating has dipped 3 points to a lowly 35 percent since September, and the Juggalos just received a bit of bad news from the courts.
On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the FBI’s report which warned of a rise in “gang-like criminal activity” among Juggalo communities could not be appealed because it wasn’t a “final agency action” (in other words, a legally binding designation), as the Washington Post reports. This could be a devastating setback for Juggalos who were hopeful to have their name fully cleared by the FBI. Two Juggalos testified that the gang association had gotten them in trouble with police and employers, despite never “knowingly” being involved in a criminal gang.
The court ruled that there was no evidence to suggest that the FBI’s report resulted in legal consequences, and basically told them the report has been taken much more seriously by the Juggalo community than officers of the law. The decision also threw out a 2014 lawsuit from ICP frontmen Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope which alleged that the report infringed on their constitutional rights and led to a venue canceling one of their concerts.