As you all know, this weekend as the 11th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos. It was, as the Juggalos are constantly reminding us, a chance for a group of like-minded people who enjoy the same kind of music and hayrides to get together and celebrate their shared passion. And also to throw rocks and feces at other human beings. From the AP:
A sheriff says reality TV actress Tila Tequila complained that audience members pelted her with stones and feces during an outdoor music festival in southern Illinois.
The sheriff also said one man stabbed another, though not fatally.
STONES AND ALSO FECES! Also this, from CNN:
“She’s pretty cut up,” said a performer who saw the violence at the “Gathering of the Juggalos” in rural Hardin County, Illinois. The witness asked not to be identified so that he does not anger the juggalos.
A performer who saw the violence that was perpetrated by thousands of people in a public space doesn’t want to be identified as just straight-forwardly admitting that he saw a thing that everyone knows happened, for fear of angering the Juggalos? WAIT A SECOND, WHOSE WORLD IS THIS? Look, I’m no Tila Tequila apologist, but GOOD GRIEF, MY NINJAS. TMZ has video of her unfortunate appearance, and the only time the crowd stops throwing shit (literally) at her face is when they break to chant “SHOW YOUR TITS!” What a fun festival! What a fun celebration of the wonderful music of Psychopathic Records.
Don’t these people realize Tila went to high school with Sugar Slam?
Of course, none of this is actually that surprising. The Gathering of the Juggalos is a nightmare collection of the world’s most unapologetic homophobes and misogynists, but this whole situation certainly gives the lie to their constant claim that they are good people who just want to have a good time together.
Admittedly, there is still no explanation of why Tila Tequila was chosen to perform at the Gathering of the Juggalos. Considering that this was the 11th annual event, you would think that the organizing members of the Insane Clown Posse would KNOW THEIR AUDIENCE at this point. Then again, they probably had a conversation about it afterwards where everyone agreed that when you mix alcohol with ROCKS AND FECES, you never know WHAT is going to happen. Ugh.
So this is the end of the Juggalos as a popular Internet meme, right? We can all go back to just thinking they’re horrible assholes again, without the deflecting sheen of ironic detachment and winking appreciation? Good. Shut it down. (Thanks for the tip, werttrew, Shoogyboomz, Sonya, caseanate, Jim, foodpartay, Alicia, Harry Leibniz, and Lew Zealand.)