Sunday, April 14, 2013

Second Year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News: Scary musical clowns from Detroit

The fifth most read entry of the second full year of the blog is FBI declares ICP and Juggalos a gang; ICP sues posted on August 10, 2012 with 496 views by March 21st of this year according to the secondary counter.  For a description of what prompted my entry, watch this video by Artisan News Service that they posted the day after I composed my entry.


Insane Clown Posse members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have arranged for legal counsel for any member of their fan club, called Juggalos, who have had their rights violated in reference to the FBI mistakenly calling their fans a gang, also calling for Lady Gaga and her Little Monsters to be looked into.
I told a similar story when I promoted the entry over at Kunstler's blog.
Speaking of disappointment in the state of our national decline, one of Jim's favorite tropes is to deride the tackiness of working class youth, mocking their tattoos, slovely dress, poor physical shape, and general stupidity, and wishing that someone would come along and whip them into shape. The most read story of the week ended up being about exactly that, although in a very perverse way. Late last year, the FBI declared that the fans of the Insane Clown Posse were a "hybrid gang." After several months of their fans being busted and sentenced as gang members, along with loss of merchandise sales as stores like Hot Topic refuse to sell "gang apparel," ICP has had enough. They're establishing a legal aide service for their fans and planning to sue the FBI to get the designation removed. Detroit represent!
If one reads between the lines, promoting the entry at Kunstler's blog had very little to do with its success.  Instead, that was driven by web search, as Bing lists "ICP Sues FBI,"
"Juggalos FBI," and "Juggalo a Gang" as the first, second, and fourth most associated search terms for my blog.  Today alone, the entry got six hits from Google search.  In fact, there was enough traffic that the entry briefly made the ten most viewed list according to the primary counter.

I also crossposted the entry, which both drew in some more readers and garnered comments on the crossposts, which made up for no comments left at the original.  Over at unfunny_fandom on JournalFen, it got 56 comments.  The best response ended up being the tag created for the entry: clown gangs: not just for gotham.  The crosspost at ontd_political on LiveJournal received 37.  My favorite at both entries was "Fucking gangs, how do they work?"  On the other hand, it garnered only two at Michigan Liberal, one of which was "ICP is still around?"  Lame.

ICP wasn't the only Michigan musical act that got in trouble for alleged criminal activity last year.  Ted Nugent, stochastic terrorist, posted on April 20, 2012, with 224 page views, enough for 16th most popular during the second year of the blog, and 2 comments, described how the Motor City Madman shot off his mouth and got a visit from the Secret Service for his trouble.  Lucky for him, he landed on the right side of the "shouting fire in a crowded theater" line.

Like the entry about ICP's legal troubles, this entry was crossposted, this time to Daily Kos, where it received much more attention, earning 484 views from registered users alone, 73 recommendations, 47 comments, 3 bookmarks, and a place on the Daily Kos rec list.  It and me were also the target of a major diss by Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine.
A Daily Kos blogger who doesn’t think “Neon Vincent” is an idiotic pseudonym—or whose parents, the Vincents, didn’t think it was idiotic to name their child “Neon”—accused Nugent of “stochastic terrorism”—a new imaginary term apparently first imagined around the time of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting when the left was popping hemorrhoidal veins trying to imagine that right-wing rhetoricians are able to send out coded or subliminal or low-frequency messages that somehow cause psychotic lone wolves to shoot bubbly and kindhearted Democrats.
Hey, look, the established writer took the time to make fun of pseudonymous me.  That's called "punching down" and I take it as a compliment.  I also read up on Jim Goad's violent history and decided to take his writing much less seriously, along with filing it under "having the right enemies."  In both cases, I consider his response a victory.

Both ICP and Ted Nugent might be insulted to be mentioned in the same breath, but I suspect ICP might be more so.  After all, the lyrics of Fuck the World include "Fuck Ted Nugent."  I can't find any evidence that Nugent has had anything to say about ICP.

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