I usually like to be informed about everything in pop culture, but I’ve been trying like hell to avoid finding out what the hell a Juggalo is. Unfortunately, this weekend Tila Tequila was attacked by a crowd of them at a “gathering of the Juggalos” — apparently this is just a stupid way of saying “concert” — so I guess I can’t fight it any longer. First, Tila. The reality TV star, Twitter addict, former fiance of Casey Johnson, and, apparently, singer, took the stage to perform at a festival in Illinois — other performers included Insane Clown Posse and Kottonmouth Kings — and claims she was attacked by the crowd.She told TMZ, “I went onstage and immediately, before I even got on stage, DUDES were throwing HUGE STONE ROCKS in my face, beer bottles that slit my eye open, almost burnt my hair on fire cuz they threw fire crackers on stage, and they even took the s**t out of the port-0-potty and threw s**t and piss at me when I was onstage.” Tila then claims the crowd chased after her and her bodyguards as they attempted to flee the scene.
A witness told CNN, “She was taunting them. She didn’t know how to handle them. She didn’t understand the dynamic … she took her top off and they got really violent.” How on earth this explains attacking someone, particularly a woman, I do not know, but response to the incident on the internet has been largely unsympathetic to Tequila. Granted, she has a history of exaggerating, but video has emerged that supports Tila’s claims that she was attacked by the crowd and TMZ has disturbing photos of Tequila’s injuries. Tila claims she’ll be suing the organizers of the festival.
So, who are these Juggalos? According to Wikipedia:
“Juggalo or Juggalette (the latter being feminine) is a name given to fans of Insane Clown Posse or any other Psychopathic Records hip hop group. Juggalos have developed their own idioms, slang, and characteristics … The term originated during a live performance by Insane Clown Posse. During the song “The Juggla”, Joseph Bruce addressed the audience as Juggalos, and the positive response resulted in Bruce and Joseph Utsler using the word thereafter to refer to themselves and their friends, family, and fans, including other Psychopathic Records artists. Juggalos have compared themselves to a family. Common characteristics include drinking the inexpensive soft drink Faygo and wearing face paint.”
Face paint? Cheap soda pop? Crappy rap rock? Throwing poop at pint-sized reality TV stars? Yeah, doesn’t sound like my scene.