keeping it not real

Of some interest.  Insane Clown Posse faces that existential dilemma for many acts of its type — into middle age, their shock value becomes less shocking, and their mainstream ventures loses them into… mainstream unedginess.

On one front, the band is waging a legal battle against the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose National Gang Intelligence Center listed Juggalos as “a loosely organized hybrid gang” in a 2011 report. On another, the band is pushing back against a former publicist who is suing Insane Clown Posse for sexual harassment. Add these challenges to the group’s continuing struggle to preserve its underground reputation while pursuing mainstream acceptance, and you have the makings of a full-blown existential crisis.

Lately, Violent J said, he has been seeing a psychiatrist and taking medication to help him cope with the persistent feeling that he can never turn off the pressures of work.

“I want to come home, be with my kids, just kick back and watch TV,” he said. “And I can’t do it unless I take some sort of sedative to slow me down.”

What ever will they do?

I suppose it’s worth noting what the opposite extreme of pop culture does to try to … become relevant.  Archie Comics teams up with Star Trek’s George Takei — going back a decade from flushing out a Kiss cross-over.  Kiss was almost Insane Clown Posse at one point… kind of… maybe.  Knights In Satan’s Service, right?

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