Sure, Fall In Cave, Ill., may seem far away. But is it far enough? As SouthComm's resident bow-tie-wearing emo apologist J.R. Lind pointed out today, the Tennessean's Gangs of Tennessee website lists Juggalos alongside Crips, Bloods, Crazy White Boys (who are surprisingly diverse!) and Gangster Disciples as Bad People of Interest. Reportedly active in Anderson, Bradley, Cumberland, Knox, Weakley and Williamson counties, the Tennessee Juggalos are described, under "known crimes," to have commited "[h]omicides, aggravated assault, weapons violations, vandalism, graffiti."
Juggalo homicides? Is our home state of Tennessee becoming a seething wasteland of Juggalo violence?
Since the Tennessean site doesn't refer to any specific cases or include a statistical breakdown of crimes, it's hard to know. A cursory search for "Tennessee Juggalos" on the Google turns up a few results: Tennessee Juggalo Street Crew Chapter, a Tennessee Juggalos and Lettes MySpace group (34 members) and 3 Star Ninjas, the last of which links to Juggalo Faith, which includes this statement:
JuggaloFaith.com does not endorse or support any type of violent or Illegal behavior, we do not support any kind of violence, we are a Christian ministry; we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and believe he would not approve of harming anyone for any reason, including their sexual orientation.... God bless and Keep your Hatchets High Ninjas!
Speaking of Juggalos and not supporting any kind of violence: As chance would have it, NBC aired an episode of Law & Order last night that people who watch TV are calling "The Juggalo Episode," so we might as well talk about that. Over at The Awl, a blog that has a theme song, Maura Johnston discusses the show. According to her report the Australian musician KidCrusher -- whose songs, including "Killin' Shit" and "A Dirty Fuckin' Murder," were used in the episode -- was unhappy with the depiction of Juggalos as the kind of people who would engage in killin' shit or commit a dirty fuckin' murder. To wit:
I am pretty pissed off to hear they based the episode on Juggalos and try to make us all look like criminals and real serial killers (and think we would kill kids?!). They never told me the full details on the episode before I signed the contract for the release of my music video, all they told me was it was going to be based upon a Horrorcore Festival and they needed my music and a video for it. I do not support the fact that people that don't know who we really are, can be quick to say " ITS A FACT "
So, is Juggalo gang violence in Tennessee a fact? Hard to say.