ABC News – “Music + Children = MURDER!”

Yeah, one more Kanye joke. Anything to finally get a Big Lurch reference on this site.

“Everything Old is New Again.” – Peter Allen (1974)

“Those Who Do Not Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It.” – George Santayana (1905)

“Abracadabra Boom Shaka Dae, I’m Violent J and I’m back like a vertebrae.” – Joseph Bruce (1997)

Oh 1999, can it be the party that Prince predicted has returned? It was a simpler time of intern jokes and Furbies where dancing computer-generated babies ruled the world and anyone who released a compact disc became an instant millionaire. It was also the year marred by the Columbine shooting and thirty-five days later, the Insane Clown Posse releasing an album that debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200*. They had no radio or video play and lacked even the slightest mainstream media acknowledgement, yet their major label distribution propelled their word-of-mouth momentum to move over one million copies of The Amazing Jeckel Brothers into the homes and “homes” of millions. Not unlike James Cameron, they returned a decade later with Bang! Pow! Boom! and not only repeated their success but surpassed their original achievement. So of course with the numerous natural disasters happening all around the world and further unrest reaching a fever pitch in Iran and the rapid approaching of a turning point with health care legislation here in America no other news stories happening anywhere in the world, this week ABC’s Nightline took an investigative look at Horrorcore and the Insane Clown Posse.

Folks, this is a must see –

I’ll give you a second to regain your composure. Yes, in 2010, the American Broadcasting Company devoted a sixth of an hour of prime time programming to the Insane Clown Posse. Further, this trusted news program beamed into millions of homes suggested these middle-aged men in clown facepaint were somehow a threat to their children’s safety. While I understand there is something to said for the appeal of the sheer spectacle that Utah, Arizona and Monroe Country, PA all consider Juggalos (the nom du clown of Insane Clown Posse fans**) a “street gang,” but it’s the absurdity of this that warrants the coverage, not the non-existant legitimacy. Instead, Martin Bashir acts like the concerned social worker that Joseph “Violent J” Bruce and Joseph “Shaggy 2 Dope” Utsler never had and attempts to guilt them into apologizing for their “music” causing bloodshed at the hands of white trash across the country. Buena Vista stockholders, this is where your money is going to.

"I don't believe in this evidence you speak of."

My frustration here isn’t because I’m particularly “down with the clown” (I’m not***) but more so with the blatantly irresponsible journalism that has followed the duo for the better part of a year now. For whatever reason**** there has been growing media attention toward Juggalo-related crimes. The most bothersome was that of Richard “Syko Sam” McCroskey a 20-year-old who killed four people in Farmville, Virginia. While my sympathies go out to the victims and their families, it was infinitely aggravating to read the murderer referred to as an “aspiring rapper” and see numerous web headlines rushed to press as “Rapper Kills Four.” The kid had a MySpace, a Microsoft Sound Recorder and THAT’S IT. Records indicate he had only performed in front of people ONCE and this somehow designates him an “aspiring rapper?” You never read the name Charles Manson prefaced with “aspiring singer-songwriter” or Ted Bundy as “amateur tapdancer,” so why is it in the dwindling coverage ever offered our genre, it has to be that of an entirely irrelevant ginger caucazoid who assumably reeks of stale Funyuns and spilled Miller Lite.

"When Keeping it Horrorcore Goes Wrong" Pictured: Syko Sam who murdered four people and probably smells awful.

This is what happens when you give the seat of the great Ted Koppel to Martin Bashir. While the man is responsible for the glorious 2003 Michael Jackson documentary, it was a work of pseudo-papparozzi crash journalism. It’s hardly what should constitute the basis for modern edutainment, but he’s brought that same exploitive edge from the King of Pop to the guys who wrote “Chicken Huntin” and carried Bill O’Reilly into a discussion that went…well…here:

What Bashir either believes or wants to draw from his audience, is the perpetual fear that these entertainers are somehow pied pipers of misguided youth and that parents are/will be powerless to stop them. He further demonstrates his absolute lack of familiarity or research of the subject matter by implying children are endangered by “Horrorcore,” a sub-sub-genre at absolute most whose name hasn’t been said in any serious manner since its absolute failure in the mid-90s. The Posse’s perpetual defense is that of Jon Stewart’s, the “we’re entertainers, look who you’re aiming your ‘credible’ journalistic rage at” and honestly, they’re right. I could use this sentence to echo their sentiments of how it’s the parents’ fault that their kids are screwed up or let music have such a power over them, but I’d rather use it to tell you THE INSANE CLOWN POSSE RECENTLY COMPLETED A FEATURE FILM AND IT’S A WESTERN! Even the harlequin battalion in question never reached the level of insanity that is ABC’s Nightline expose. If they really wanted to cover the dire effects of irresponsible musicians, why not look at how the “We Are the World” remake has had a negative effect on Haiti donations? Why not address Gang Starr’s Guru present comatose state and the legal mess forbidding visitation from the man’s own family? Instead Martin Bashir rips the scab off a long healed Faygo-related injury and cranks the Riddlebox in a way that would surely put him at the Hell’s Pit end of the Wraith. It’s these tactics that both society as a whole AND the Psychopathic Family tend to look down upon. Awful.

So until next time…Let’s Agree to Agree!

*See how I just lumped these two unrelated events together? I could write for Nightline!

**People you’ve never met before who, allegedly, can ingest Monopoly and defecate Connect Four.

***But I do want to still send MCL out to my fresh Family reading this. Woop woop!

****No, the sixth Joker’s card magnifying Shaingra-La doesn’t count as a reason.

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15 Comments on “ABC News – “Music + Children = MURDER!””

  1. Tom Says:

    I love how he keeps calling him Violent J.

    Also, while I agree ICP shouldn’t have to defend themselves, they sure wouldn’t be good at it if they had to.

    Good read, Chaz.

  2. DiamondRain Says:

    I have to agree with Shaggy, if their music is going to “make” someone go out and commit murder, then you need to take a closer look at their parents and their home life. I’ve always been into horror movies, horror books, and I’ve just recently discovered my love for horrorcore music. I have never been a violent person and after listening to ICP for the past two years, I’m still not a violent person. This isn’t any different from the hoopla of twenty years ago when some kids committed suicide because of that Ozzy Osbourne song “Suicide Solution.” The music didn’t make them do anything that wasn’t already there, and it’s not any different with these “Juggalos” that murder people. If they’re committing murder, then the desire or compulsion to do so was there to begin with, ICP and the horrorcore genre in general doesn’t create murderers. I know a lot of Juggalos and none of us are killers. We know it’s just music, therefore it’s entertainment and not to be taken seriously.

  3. Emma Says:

    My favorite part was when he said (in a very dramatic voice): “nursery rhymes laced with murder”

    And they spent a pretty penny to animate the paper with the lyrics of the rap song one of the murdering kids wrote.

    But it’s absolutely ridiculous to say that the music causes the killings and I was so happy when they said to look at the kids’ parents. And here’s an idea: maybe look at the news media and how they are always packing as much violence in as they can for ratings. Maybe that’s what’s causing kids to commit murders. And I’m sure there’s gotta be some biology at play (genetics or hormonal imbalances of some kind) but let’s not examine that all because it’s much easier to point our fingers and blame people these weird guys who make millions by wearing clown paint on their faces.

    Ridiculous!!! This is exactly why I don’t watch the news anymore.

  4. Emma Says:

    Oh and one final thought – when the Columbine shootings happened, everyone was blaming Marilyn Manson, so it’s fitting that you mentioned that. It’s just so much easier to point the finger at someone else than to examine ourselves and what we can do to change things.

    And I must say, very well-written Chaz. Bravo.

  5. Emma Says:

    Ok one truly final thought (sorry for the almost comment-spam but I just saw this video and it made me think of your post): http://www.mtv.com/videos/lady-gaga/492192/telephone-long-version.jhtml#id=1633651

    Maybe they will say that a Lady GaGa fan or Beyonce fan who murders someone did it because of this video…

  6. T Says:

    i guess the dixie chicks made me hate bush oh wait his terrbile policys did that……

    see how that theory dosent work. i been a juggalo for 13 years i still havent killed anyone. my kids are be raised with morals,but accroding to abc im murding gang banger. thats such a joke.

  7. Lindsay Slota Says:

    MAN THIS IS THE FUNNY CRAP EVER, I AM SO SICK OF PEOPLE PUTTING THE BLAME ON ICP, IF THIS GUY WAS A REAL JOURNALIST WOULDNT HE HAVE DONE HIS RESEARCH. I THOUGHT WHEN YOU DO STORIES YOUR ARE SUPPOSED TO PRESENT FACTS, NOT OPINION. THIS DOUCHEBAG NEEDS TO FIND A NEW CAREER. THAT AINT A JOKE. ALL I GOT TO SAY IS ALL THIS NEGATIVE MAKES THE JUGGALO FAMILY GO STRONGER. HE DID HE BOTHER DO RESEARCH ANY OF THE GREAT THINGS ICP AND “REAL” JUGGALOS DO SUCH AS CHARITIES AND HELPING OUT FELLOW JUGGALOS. NO HE FOCUSED ON THE 1% OF LOWLIFE SCUMBAGS WHO CALL THEMSELVES JUGGALOS. LETS GET ONE THING STRAIGHT AND REAL JUGGALO WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO HARM ANYONE ARE ANYTHING IT. WHAT THE LOWLIFES DID IS EVERTHING THE JUGGALOS AS A WHOLE ARE AGAINST. SO DO SOME RESEARCH ON THAT YOU MORON. AND BEFORE YOU JUDGE WHY DONT YOU ‘LISTEN’ TO THE HIDDEN MESSAGES IN THEIR LYRICS INSTEAD OF JUST ‘HEARING’ THEM. NOW THIS INTERVIEW SHOWS BASHIR’S SEVERE LACK OF INTELLIGENCE AND NEEDS TO FOCUS AND REAL ISSUES LIKE WHY DIDNT HE INTERVIEW THE PARENTS OF THOSE MURDERERS, HUH? WHY DIDNT THEY GET BLAMED FOR THEIR LACK OF INTEREST IN THEIR LOSER KIDS AND TEACH THEM THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REALITY AND ENTERTAINMENT. AND FOR ANY OF YOU WHO JUDGED JUGGALOS BASED ON BASHIR’S INTERVIEW AND LACK OF FACTS, THAN YOUR JUST AS LOW AS HE IS AND SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HOW QUICK YOU ARE TO JUDGE. WHAT ABOUT ACDC FANS HUH, DO YOU KNOW ACDC STANDS FOR (ANTI-CHRIST DEVIL CHILD) SO SHOULD WE JUDGE THEM TOO. AND ONE MORE FACT FOR YOU PEOPLE WHO WANT TO JUDGE ICP, THEY CAME FROM NOTHING LITERALLY BROKE POOR AND BUILT AN EMPIRE AND CHANGED SO MANY LIVES IN THE PROCESS OF THEIR STRUGGLE, SO LETS DO AN INTERVIEW ON THAT, AND HOW THEY HANDED OUT FREE TURKEYS TO HOMELESS PEOPLE IN DETROIT. SO RESEARCH THAT. BOO YAH! WHOOP WHOOP MUCH CLOWN LUV AND JUGGALOS FOR LIFE, WE ARENT GOING ANYWHERE ANY TIME SOON. SO KEEP HATIN AND WE WILL KEEP ON LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST. AND GOD BLESS ICP, TWIZTID, BLAZE, ABK, AMB, BOONDOX, AND MY WHOLE JUGGALO FAMILY. MCL

    -LINDSAY SLOTA AKA ‘DIAMONDS’

  8. dave Says:

    Your taking the message all wrong my brother… If ya dont know the shit dont speak of it… Violent J once had a seminar at the gotj and he says in hells pit most will go but few will make it to shangri la my friend and i believe the ones gone wrong or the ones take the insane clown posse message the whole time. Within the 6 jokers card they speak of god and in the last the wraith they say It ain’t About Violent J or Shaggy, the Butterfly or seventeen.
    When we speak of Shangri-La, what you think we mean? Truth is we follow GOD, we`ve always been behind him, The Carnival is God and may all Juggalos find him! Im getting sick and tired of all this bad shit blamed on us I mean tell me the new horror movies and re releases someone watches the new nightmare on elm street and decides to go rap some child and hack em up into pieces we still gonna get the blame he must have been a juggalo well if u kno whats up in the fam we live by family….

    May The Juggalos Find Him!
    May The Juggalos Find Him!
    May The Juggalos Find Him!
    He’s out there, He’s Out there!

    We`re not sorry if we tricked you!
    We don’t care what happens now.
    We`re not sorry if we tricked you!
    We swing our hatchet and we`re proud.
    We`re not sorry if we tricked you!
    Painted faces in the crowd.
    We`re not sorry if we tricked you!
    The Carnival will carry on.
    Tell me that aint a message…. That’s magical bro… And we are not no gang we r not no devil worshipper’s our reality and takin care of eachother helpin everybody solve there problems and get thru em… And take care feed each other I been to the gathering many times now and two of the times i went wit no money didnt worry tho i got food and tooken care of even bought me stuff cuz its family thats the way god wanted all human being.. Yet we live in a world now controlled and rules and as charles manson says police are now watchin the people when they use to be watchin over the people judges judging lifes yet they are on teathers…. Who are they to throw me in jail… I’m sorry Im not trying to make this sound mean or like a big fuck yall in yo face… Im just trying to state a fact and tell you what’s up… And learn a lil something bout juggalos….. Down with the clowns till Im dead in the ground… Homie much love to yall but keep clowns out ya mouth if ya dont know what yall talkin bout….

  9. Sam Says:

    What a bunch of nonsense. I wonder when they will stop blaming rap music for shit like this. I guess there’s always gotta be someone to put the blame on.

  10. Jasob Says:

    bashir sucked michael jacksons cock!!

  11. freekshow Says:

    all this is bullshit,stop blamein icp and classify juggalos as all this shit bc the a few bad apples , look at the home blame the people parents not music

  12. freekshoe Says:

    one more thing whoop whoop and MMFWCL


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