CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. — The rap group the Insane Clown Posse said it plans on suing the FBI for labeling their fans “gang members.”
The Detroit Free Press reported that the FBI described ICP’s fans – Juggalos – as a “a loosely organized hybrid gang” in October and included them in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report.
ICP group member Violent J said this has led to police harassment of Juggalos and hurt their multimillion-dollar merchandise operation in Michigan.
Violent J said that retailers now label the group’s clothing to be “gang apparel” and at least one nationwide chain – Hot Topic – has stopped selling their goods.
He said insurance costs for the group’s concerts have gone “through the roof.”
“They’re punishing fans for being Juggalos,” said Violent J. “This is the government’s way of telling us what you can listen to, what you can wear.”
Read more: The Detroit Free Press.