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A Juggalo/Juggalette is a member of the group that has grown up around the fanbase of the Michigan rap group Insane Clown Posse, and related recording artists at Psychopathic Records. Much of the predominant philosophy of the group stems from the Dark Carnival, a mythology that was carried as a theme in six ICP albums known as the Joker's Cards.
Violent J explained the term's origins in the ICP documentary, Behind the Paint, saying that during a live performance of "The Juggla" from the Carnival of Carnage album, he had spontaneously addressed the audience: "What about you Juggalo? Are there any Juggalos in here?", and the name stuck. He also said in the 2002 Wraith seminar that he does not like the word "Juggalette" because now many people think that the word "Juggalo" only refers to the male fanbase; it in fact refers to all fans, male or female. Regardless, some prefer the term "Juggalette" to refer to members of the female fanbase, as evidenced by the "Miss Juggalette" pageant held yearly at the Gathering of the Juggalos.
The Juggalos (also referred to as the Juggalo Family) started in the early 1990s. As seen in other subcultures, from parallels in music came parallels in interests, style, and slang. Facepainting in the style of ICP and other Psychopathic Records artists is a common practice at Juggalo-oriented social events.
Also characteristic of the Juggalos is devotion to the inexpensive soft drink Faygo, popularized by ICP.
Also, a term loosely used to refer to any number of low potential high school dropouts that use methamphetamine drugs and wear face paint to "express themselves".
The Gathering of the Juggalos
The Gathering of the Juggalos (also known simply as The Gathering or GOTJ) is an annual event for the Juggalo Family put on by Psychopathic Records; the first was staged in 2000. It is regarded highly by Juggalos, and is considered by the Juggalos to be a family reunion of sorts. The event spans several days, and includes Juggalo concerts, Juggalo wrestling, Juggalo games, Juggalo face painting contests, Juggalo autograph sessions, and Juggalo seminars with Juggalo artists.
At the 2002 Gathering Bubba Sparxxx received the first ever "Bubba Sparxxx Award", obviously named after him. Unofficially, the "award" is given to the artist who leaves the main stage before his performance is over. Artists have been known to leave because of heavy booing, too much trash being thrown, or out of anger towards the fan base.
Earlier Gatherings were plagued with problems such as fires and unruly behavior that prompted the intervention of police and firefighters. After 2002, the Gathering became an outdoor event, and was held at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park for a number of years.
2000: Expo Center, Novi, Michigan
2001: Seagate Center, Toledo, Ohio
2002: Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois
2003: Nelson Ledges Quarry Park (The Crystal Forest), Garrettsville, Ohio
2004: Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Garrettsville, Ohio
2005: Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Garrettsville, Ohio
2006: Frontier Ranch (The Lotus Fields), Pataskala, Ohio
Alleged Juggalo Crime
Because of a connection with gang violence, many younger members of the subculture are prohibited from wearing ICP paraphernalia while at school, so many simply drop out. This scrutiny may not be entirely unwarranted, as there have been numerous incidents with Juggalos committing violent acts.
On February 1, 2006, alleged Juggalo Jacob D. Robida engaged in a series of hatchet attacks and a shooting spree which left three dead, including himself and a police officer.
Between June 18 and June 20 2006, more attacks involving Juggalos, some wearing the clown makeup, were reported by the Seattle Times.
During the nights of June 19 and 2