Juggalos Rally for Scott Olsen, Critically Injured Iraq Vet Who Has Insane Clown Posse Tattoos

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Juggalo well-wishes for Scott Olsen

It's been less than a week that the world has known Scott Olsen, the 24-year-old US Marine and Iraq veteran critically injured during last Tuesday night's Occupy Oakland debacle. A peaceful protestor hit in the head by police-fired teargas canister, the young Midwesterner has quickly become a rallying point for the global Occupy movement--even cited as the movement's possible Kent State moment. Though Olsen isn't currently able to speak, he's expected to make a full recovery and did offer a thumbs-up to all the well-wishes he's received. Like support from polarizing filmmaker Michael Moore, former Black Panther Angela Davis, and ScottOlsen.org sign-holders. But another group of Scott Olsen supporters who hasn't gotten as much notice? Juggalos.

Olsen has two Insane Clown Posse tattoos on his upper arms, his roommate Keith Shannon told the Associated Press. The AP, in turn, used the detail to illustrate how Olsen wasn't politically minded before his Iraq tours:

The lanky man with a dry sense of humor and sarcastic wit did not show a lot of interest in politics as a teen -- he has two tattoos for the group "Insane Clown Posse" on his upper arms, Shannon said.

His tours of duty in Iraq made him more serious, Shannon said.

"He wasn't active in politics before he went in the military, but he became active once he was out ... the experience in the military definitely shaped him," Shannon said.

Whether or not Olsen still identifies as a Juggalo is unclear--he was wearing fatigues and a Veterans For Peace T-shirt the night he was hit--but Juggalo sites like TrueJuggaloFamily.com have claimed him as their own. "Please keep this ninja in your thoughts/prayers (if ya pray)," True Juggalo Family's Mr. Hatchet posted. "He's a fellow juggalo and war vet." (We reached out for clarification to Shannon, who's since posted a note on his Facebook page asking the media to "please stop calling.")

This is strangely timed development, considering that last week the FBI officially declared Juggalos a "non-traditional gang" in its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report. "I guess the FBI would consider this war vet a gang member as well?!" scoffed Mr. Hatchet. Unfortunately, probably, yes.

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nthisrain
nthisrain

The government considers everyone in this nation a 'labeled' enemy these days. I'm guessing even Justin Bieber fans are on a list somewhere.

Ashleymaria143
Ashleymaria143

MCL to scott and his whole family you all will be in my prayers. i hope the FBI figures out juggalos arent the problem soon. it just certian people that make us look bad and we dont like them either we call them juffs so yea keep it real hope to see u at gotj 13 whoop whoop fam

Revsquishy
Revsquishy

I am one of the founders of one of the largest Juggalo websites on the net. At this point as an American all I can do is hang my head in shame after reading this. I really hate to inform the FBI but on our site (which we have video and text chat rooms) we have members from every walk of life from homeless (yes homeless people can get internet access too) to blue collar workers to members of our own military serving in Iraq!! Yes our own military serving our country in A WAR ZONE!! Out of the 2 years we have ran our sites we have had to ban MAYBE 10 people for hate, which by the way we do not tolerate hate in any form. Yet I can not count the number of people who have come on who have needed help. Not help from committing violence but from being the subject of violence at the hands of people who discriminated against them. To those who do not understand what it means to be a Juggalo or Juggalette it means a support group of peers when you need someone to be there to help you through hard times. We do act as a "Family" in the capacity of someone to lean on. There has been many of incidents where someone has logged on to the site who wanted to commit suicide and several of our long time members have helped them through their problems. As to Juggalos discriminating against Gay or Lesbians is way off several of the Juggalos and Juggalettes I know are gay, bi-sexual, or transgendered which we proudly support.       To the simple fact of the FBI now classifies us as a gang, can we get real. In any (and I do mean any) group there will be those who give a group a bad name, there will be trouble makers, there will be those who are out to further their own agenda through violence and criminal activity. This does not mean the group as a whole is a criminal group. I recall after hurricane Katrina that several of the remaining members of New Orleans Police Department committed acts of violence, theft and even murder for their own gains. Those members of New Orleans PD have or are now standing trial, yet by the FBI's own guidelines of if a few out of a group commit crimes then the group as a whole should be classified as a  gang then all Police departments should be held to the same standards. Same should apply to churches when the pastor molests a child, or members of government when they take "kickbacks" or bribes. As a teenager I had extensive experience with gangs (all-be it this was almost 20 years ago now) and Juggalos hold nothing in common with Gangster Disciples, Bloods, or Crypts. We are more akin to the hippies of the 60's and 70's than anything else as a group in whole. Most (not all) do believe in legalization of marijuana, which as of my last check polls showed over 50% of Americans shared that same view. As for "hardcore" illegal drugs I can only speak for our site which we do NOT condone in any way and which most of our 6000 members agree with. We believe in love and peace not violence and robbery, we believe in support not hate or discrimination, and in these things most of our 6000 members agree as well. As a site yes we have had our own problems with peoples views of Juggalos and even with views of smaller sites of Juggalos. This only furthers the idea not all Juggalos are alike and not all have the same views. Yet I would say as being one of the largest groups on the internet that by percentage we show a good representation of Juggalos as a whole. Which by the way our biggest complaint against us is we are an "ADULT ONLY" community and most of the complaints and "hate" sites refer more to the appearance of some of our members being over weight or unattractive in their view than anyone's behavior.  Even Violent J of ICP puts out a yearly letter of tolerance and love among Juggalos and how the violence and hate sickens him.      In closing all I can say is if you believe Juggalos are a "Gang" please come check us out we are AdultJuggalos.net and I extend that invite to the FBI as well. Much Clown LOVE!!! 

Devin Wright
Devin Wright

Mmfwcl to my dude in the hospital, you were done dirty but you're a better man than most i'm sure

Keep it wickitt ninja, come out ok as expected and forget anyone who had something negative

Whoop whoop

Btw if you ever see this, my name is devin wright, I tried to join the marines myself but I got a black n red psychopathic rydas hatchetman n was turned away, but let me know, if you see this, when you're ok homie

Mmfwcl whoop whoop, semper-fi

Ron Jack Rainz
Ron Jack Rainz

The FBI consideres Juggalos as a gang? remember, this is the same FBI that couldn't take its head out of its own ass to stop 9/11 from happening - why are you surprised?But don't stop there, G-men... what about Megadeth's "Cyber Army"? are you going to consider them an armed Militia? Are Kiss fans a cult? And what about Lady Gaga's "monsters"? - a hate group? and don't even get me started on "bieber-mania"....Im not a big ICP fan - never got into em that much. Im not a hater though, and have many friends who consider themselves Juggalos and Juggalettes, and let me tell you first hand: You will never, ever in your life meet kinder, more down to earth, fun and intelligent people - and thats a fact, because these are common denominators that all Juggalos i've ever met share. So cut the BS and stop with the fear mongering. Just because people choose to dress a certain way and associate themselves with a fringe culture - does not make them a threat to society. It means society is too fucked up to cater to these peoples needs. "Judge not..."

christin
christin

I honestly think the whole "juggalos are gang members" argument is ridiculous. I have an icp tattoo on my back and I wear some of their products along with being a fan for 13 years. I represent who I am as I am and never caused problems by it. I'm 22 in the hopes of owning my own automotive shop one day. Does the music I listen to and decide to billboard for make those things harder to get? Why do the decisions of little teeny bopper kids who think they're hard core by screaming "I'm hard.core b****, hatchet rydaz!" While getting caught spraying graffiti, selling guns or drugs, or stealing categorize ME? The FBI needs to straighten their brains and learn to use them, because apparently a few screws are either loose or missing.

Tom Hickey
Tom Hickey

It is easy to make fun of this development due to it's stupidity, but there is a serious consequence to consider. As a loving father of a teenager I have been repeating the same confusion that I had with my father: that is my son's choice of music. In my case the conflict was not being able to grow out my hair like the fellows in Led Zeppelin. My father, after listening to some of Zep's music, told me "no son of his was going to grow up to be a drug addict hippy". Well, I still listen to zep and I did not develop a drug addict.The real issue now is that since the FBI's classification of ICP fans as a gang, if my son get picked up for any offense (he never has, but with teenagers it is allways a possibility), his charges could be enhanced as "showing membership in a street gang". I believe that parents should be outraged at this even if their kids are not 'juggalos'. In the past the group NWA had hardcore lyrics, but it was not a crime to listen to to them.Demand that the FBI 'gets real' as kids say today and 'show some love' by removing this classification. Thank you.

Scott Olsen
Scott Olsen

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