February 07, 2006
A lot of crazy things have been taking place recently. Of particular interest are the events that took place in New Bedford, Massachusetts only a few days ago. We took a moment to track down the President of Psychopathic Records and ICP's longtime manager, Alex Abbiss, who just got out of a meeting with ICP about this very subject, for his comments and take on what happened.
"What's up, Juggalos? It's been a minute since I've come on this page to talk to y'all. It's too bad I ain't coming out at ya discussing some flavor, but unfortunately, today I'd like to speak out about the incident which took place in New Bedford, Mass. First, I'd like to say that we'd like to extend our condolences to the victims and their families in this tragedy. Our prayers are with you. And with that said, I would now like to address the whole issue.
This guy had problems. Anyone going into a bar swinging an axe and shooting a gun would have to realize that they would get caught and/or get killed, and that this would be the last action they took for the rest of their lives, and would clearly have to be insane and out of their mind to do this.
ICP has sold millions of records, and when you start dealing with numbers that large, it's not that unlikely that one of those purchasers may have already been suffering from some form of mental illness. Are ICP's lyrics violent? The answer is yes. But then again, you can find violence in almost every corner of our society. Violence and entertainment have been around for thousands of years, and will continue to be around for thousands more. Any person whose brain even slightly works normally will realize that listening to a record containing violent lyrics, or watching an action movie filled with violence, or even playing some of the latest and hottest video games will know that when someone gets killed, that it's just fucking make-believe and that no one gets hurt in the real world.
It doesn't take a lot of brainpower to see that ICP are entertainers. I mean, c'mon, if they ever were to hurt anybody, they would be rotting away in Jackson Federal Prison as we speak. Right now, I just love how the media always looks for someone else to blame, never wanting to place blame where blame is due--on the perpetrators of the crime. This concept is just so fucking ridiculous.
You know, one of the top grossing films right now, and possibly of all time, is The Chronicles of Narnia, which I saw and enjoyed. But if a person were out of their mind and watched the movie, they might take their cat and tie it up and ritually sacrifice the poor animal to see if it would come back from the dead. Or worse yet, someone might grab somebody, beat the shit out of them, and then nail them to a cross, and say that they did it because they were overly obsessed with Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ. So what would happen then? I mean, we're talking about one of the greatest religious films of all time. Would the media be sweating Mel Gibson about this? Would Mel Gibson himself be sweating it? Or would they come to the conclusion that this happened because the person was out of their mind?
About a year or so ago, some woman down in Texas chopped her newborn baby's arms and legs off because she read in the Bible something like, sever off the limbs to remove sin. Clearly, only an idiot would place blame with the Bible. The woman was obviously out of her mind.
People need to realize that we live in a country of 300 million people, and that a few of those people are gonna be crazy. There's no way around it.
Now, after this guy committed his crime in New Bedford, he took off to Arkansas. If you look at a map, Arkansas and Massachusetts aren't even close. So the big question is, what was he doing down there? And according to BostonHerald.com, the answer is, he was speculatively going down there to link up with the various KKK, white supremacists, and neo-Nazi groups that live down there. The perpetrator of this crime may have thought that he was a Juggalo. But clearly, after further review, it's quite obvious that this guy had no clue what being a Juggalo is all about. If anyone knows anything at all about ICP, then you know that they have never, ever been down or will be down with any racist or bigotry bullshit.
In my opinion, the perpetrator of this crime committed these acts not because he was a Juggalo, but because he was a neo-Nazi. He subscribed to an ideology of racism and bigotry, and was quite clearly, in my opinion, out of his mind. Anyone that knows anything at all about Juggalos knows that in no way, shape, or form would we ever approve of this type of bullshit behavior.
Lastly, in closing, I wanna say something to help educate the media out there, because I know that they are most likely gonna be picking up my commentary here. Let me now explain to you what a Juggalo really is. Juggalos are just like any other kind of people. They share a common bond, through their music and culture. They like to gather together all the time and hang out with one another. They do this among themselves, and they also come out in hordes for our annual Gathering of the Juggalos. They rarely fight or have problems with one another. They stay down with each other and consider one another to be family. Even though many of them have started off with very little, or nothing at all, they do the best they can to live their lives each and every single day and in general, they are very good people, not to be looked down upon but to be respected by the rest of society. And even though many of them struggle through their days and have it rough, they always know that they have their Juggalo family to fall back on. And we here at Psychopathic wish them all the very best, not just to see them survive--as far as we're concerned, that's not good enough for them--but to see all of them thrive and be prosperous. That's what we hope for every one of them.