Friday, February 18, 2011

The Juggalo Cult, Part 2

If you know juggalos today, you'll know that when you state the fact that "juggaloism" is a cult, any juggalo in the vicinity will, ignorantly or not, deny it completely. In my last article on the subject, I did just that. I stated that "juggalos", as we know them today, are a cult, and it's needless to tell you what kind of response I got. After reasserting my own juggalo status, I've been getting asked, "Do you still believe that there is a juggalo cult?"

Here is my answer:

Being a juggalo today is being a member of a cult.

My answer hasn't changed one bit. In fact, I believe it even more today.

Before we get to the why, let's first define what a cult is.

Dictionary.com defines a cult as:


Wikipedia has a long article about cults, including this interesting block about mind control:


Now that we have an idea of what a cult is, let's list a few reasons why "juggalos" are a cult to get the ball rolling.

  1. First, ICP interpenetrates "God" as a traveling carnival that travels the world, murdering the wicked: an idea that is incredibly unorthodox to the mainstream (see definition 6).
  2. "Juggalos" are bound together with the (mistaken) belief that they are the most hated people on the planet and that it's them against the world (see definition 4).
  3. Juggalos dress the same, speak the same, have the same symbols (for instance, the hatchet) and perform the same rituals together (rituals including the annual Gathering of the Juggalos and chanting "Family!").
  4. In fact, if you see a group of juggalos chanting, "Family!" and still deny the existence of the "juggalo cult", then you're in denial.

Now, you might be asking, "If juggalos are a cult, wouldn't that make you a cult member?"

Honestly, yes, it could. Outside of my opinion, it could very well mean that I am a member of said cult. Does my opinion change the fact that juggalos are indeed part of a cult? Not at all, but I do believe that I am past the "mind control" that has sadly rendered most juggalos ignorant to the fact (amongst others).

And I don't mean mind control like subliminal messages or anything like that; I'm talking about even the simplest form of it. Like when all other juggalos claim that it's not a cult, but a "family"; if you hear something, important or not, from enough people that are close to you, your mind starts to contemplate it being true (most cults never usually claim to be cults in the first place). Not to mention that, given the negative connotation given to cults in the first place, it's no surprise that juggalos wouldn't want to be associated as such anyway. Actions speak louder than words: how you act, what you do, et cetera. And if you look like a cult, sound like a cult, and act like a cult, then you are one, whether you admit it or not.

Am I saying ICP purposely did this on purpose? No. They very well could have, or it could have just been a happy accident. But there is no denying it: if you are a juggalo, you are a part of the cult. The real issue is whether or not you'd be able to accept it.

9 comments:

  1. I do find your posts interesting, so I say this respectfully.

    So, what? All religions fit that description. So do Beatles fans and Elvis fans. It's just like a lot of stuff that people don't go around calling a cult. They don't because the people are having a good time and not really bothering anyone. No is truly brainwashed, but deciding on their own to follow. That's all we are doing.

    You just took the dictionary definition of "cult", realized juggalos could fit it, and then used the connotation to attack them. Don't act like all juggalos are stupid to what is going on and are brainwashed. My attitude is that I'm having a good time, so why would I want to stop when it doesn't hurt or concern anyone else.

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  2. He attacked juggalos? Where do you see that? All I see is a post trying to convince other juggalos of something that's true. I'm a juggalo and ill admit I'm in a cult if the shoe fits.

    Have you forgotten about the term "cult-like following"? Beatles fans have been called that. And since when do religious figures have fun?

    No one's telling you to stop shit. Just to stop being in denial.

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  3. You, whoever you are, are admirable. For the last few years, I've grown sick of how the Juggalo "family" is in denial of its self-destructive ways and how this "family" is nothing but one asshole pulling shifty shit on the next. Also the way most "Juggalos" treat other people, leading to it reflecting on all of us to make us all look like scumbags.

    I remember my first few times at shows and the Gathering, the atmosphere was indescribable, but now it's just whatever, like the magic has been drained.

    So many Juggalos today haven't a clue, and it's caused me to stop thinking of anyone as a family until they can show me they're legit and can be trusted, which I'm sure you know doesn't really happen much anymore. I don't really get down on the trends that Juggalos follow, considering if you're really a Juggalo, you've been one your whole life, even before ICP and all their traditional shit entered your life. I've never painted my face, and I no longer do chants of "family" (since family is no longer a word to describe Juggalos anymore, at least not to me). I do enjoy the showtime Faygo shower/fights though.

    I would call this place Juggalos Against ICP Fans instead of ICP Fans Against Juggalos though, as it would fit better, since it's the idiot fans that listened to ICP and then rerouted their entire existence around them in an effort to fit in, AKA the new school Juggalos, the crybaby teenage angst kids using what used to be real as their excuse to act like little thugs. The sheep of the Psychopathic industry.

    You speak your mind, you don't follow this crap blindly, and you're not afraid to deliver swift, harsh truth. To me, you are a Juggalo. Keep up what you're doing.

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  4. Hello. I have listened to a few more popular songs by ICP for a few years now (just had them on my ipod and enjoyed them). A couple months ago my friend told me how awful they were so i decided to actually start listening to them to find out for myself. Turns out i really like a lot of their music. I like the first 5 jokers cards (though i don't blindly love every single song).

    I like the music, it's for my enjoyment and i could care less what anyone else thinks. I have no delusions about "family" nor do i think there is even a remote possibilty of any truth to "shangri la", the cards and the stories on them are just that to me, stories...for entertainment.

    basically, i'm asking your opinion here, should i avoid ICP and it's future endevors? i am considering going to this years gathering...i know what will be going on, and i wont be easily swayed into their blind-sheep culture. There are many artists performing that i love and wouldn't ever get to see, let alone meet other wise.

    i enjoy what i have read from your blog so far, thank you.

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  5. I've been reading your posts for about 15 minutes now, and I've gotta say I despise the way you lump together Juggalos as one big bunch of assholes fucking up the Psychopathic Records scene. I'm a Juggalo, Twiztid's music saved my motha fuckin life when I was younger and had nothing to hold onto from day-to-day but my Mostasteless cd. And yet, I've never been to the GOTJ, or even any psychopathic shows. But if anybody ever assumes or asks if I'm a juggalo, I'll look them in the eye and tell them, "For life." I got mad clown love, even if I'm not the biggest fan out there. I respect your views on the cultist relation, I would even go so far as to say I agree with most of it, (by definition and creed I'm a Tech N9ne Cult Follower) But to draw this line between fans and juggalos is just juvenile. I can be a proud Juggalo without being a whoop whoop-ing hair-dyed white trash retard, so can others.

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  6. I like their music, but in the same way i like horror movies or books-as entertainment. I feel people read much too much into entertainment these days. If Twilight came out 20 years ago, then there wouldn't be teenage girls trying to become vampires. If Spongebob came out 20 years earlier there wouldn't be that kid that drowns cos their parents don't bother to tell them Spongebob doesn't exist. People wouldn't watch a doomsday movie and start wasting their money to prepare for the end of the world. I recognize the metaphorical content in icp's music, but i don't believe in killing people unless they're a serial killer,a child killer, or the person being killed is trying to kill somebody else. It's ridiculous to make such a huge deal out of something that's meant for metaphorical entertainment.

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  7. ehhh, its like i always said, 5,000,000 kids with face paint on, standing in the light shouting "whoop whoop" while 10,000 stand behind them in the shadows. kind of like "fbi calls juggalos a gang" so all these bitch ass punks starts going on youtube and facebook and shit "oh, we are not a gang quit bullying us wah wah wah..." but i like blaze ya dead homies take on it in his song give them what they want. and thats where all these issues lies. we, as a "juggalo family" have gone from a "fuck them how are you doing today" mentality to "we can't think for ourselves" kind of makes me think about those kids in high school, where they only where blue, or red, and constantly saying "oh, im a crip" or "oh im a blood" (respectively, of course) when they aren't. same now, kids wearing icp merch in the same fashion. last time i had to deal with that bullshit, some kid was like "why do you have a blue bandana? im a blood, fair warning, ill fuck you up you have that in my presence again" .... yeah that is until i fucked his shit all up after school... punk...

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  8. Its really annoying how everyone has to result to violence because they think it makes the cooler and 'hard as fuck'. People will have more respect for you if you just get a honest job an take care of yourself and become a successful human being instead of adding to the crime and poverty rate...

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  9. From the 48 Laws of Power:
    People have an overwhelming desire to believe in some­thing. Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow. Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over ra­tionality and clear thinking. Give your new disciples rit­uals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf. In the absence of organized religion and grand causes, your new belief system will bring you untold power.

    The gimmicks of the charlatans may seem quaint today, but there are thousands of charlatans among us still, using the same tried-and-true methods their predecessors refined centuries ago, only changing the names of their elixirs and modernizing the look of their cults. We find these latter-day charlatans in all arenas of life—business, fashion, politics, art. Many of them, perhaps, are following in the charlatan tradition without having any knowledge of its history, but you can be more systematic and deliberate. Simply follow the five steps of cult-making that our charlatan ancestors perfected over the years.

    5 Ways to Create a Cult


    1. Keep It Vague; Keep It Simple

    First attract attention. This you should do not through actions, which are too clear and readable, but through words, which are hazy and deceptive. Your initial speeches, conversations, and interviews must include:

    The promise of something great and transformative.

    The other a total vagueness.

    2. Emphasize the Visual and the Sensual over the Intellectual

    Once people have begun to gather around you, two dangers will present themselves:

    a. Boredom - will make people go elsewhere.b. Skepticism - will allow them the distance to think rationally about whatever it is you are offering.· Blowing away the mist you have artfully created and revealing your ideas for what they are. You need to amuse the bored, then, and ward off the cynics. Use theater, or other devices of its kind. · Surround yourself with luxury, dazzle your followers with visual splendor, and fill their eyes with spectacle. Not only will this keep them from seeing the ridiculousness of your ideas, the holes in your belief system, it will also attract more attention, more followers.


    3. Borrow the Forms of Organized Religion to Structure the Group


    5 Ways to Organize Your Cult-Like Following

    Find a way both elevating and comforting.

    Create rituals for your followers.

    Organize them into a hierarchy, ranking them in grades of sanctity, and giving them names and titles that resound with religious overtones

    Ask them for sacrifices that will fill your coffers and increase your power.

    To emphasize your gathering's quasi-religious nature, talk and act like a prophet:

    · You are a priest, a guru, a sage, a shaman, or any other word that hides your real power in the mist of religion.

    4. Disguise Your Source of Income

    Your group has grown, and you have structured it in a churchlike form. Your coffers are beginning to fill with your followers' money. Yet you must never be seen as hungry for money and the power it brings. It is at this moment that you must disguise the source of your income.

    Never reveal that your wealth actually comes from your followers' pockets; instead, make it seem to come from the truth of your methods. Followers will copy your each and every move in the belief that it will bring them the same results, and their imitative enthusiasm will blind them to the charlatan nature of your wealth.

    5. Set Up an Us-Versus-Them Dynamic

    The group is now large and thriving, a magnet attracting more and more particles. To keep your followers united, you must now do what all religions and belief systems have done: Create an us-versus-them dynamic.

    · Make sure your followers believe they are part of an exclusive club, unified by a bond of common goals.· Manufacture the notion of a devious enemy out to ruin you. There is a force of nonbelievers that will do anything to stop you.· If you have no enemies, invent one. Given a straw man to react against, your followers will tighten and cohere.

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