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Polls: Insane Clown Posse: Serious about being Christians, or having a Joaquin Phoenix moment?

icpInsane Clown Posse -- wicked religious? (Psychopathic Records)

By Allison Stewart

Perhaps you've heard: Insane Clown Posse, America's profanest and most reviled shock rappers, have come out, for lack of a better term, as Christians. The group's members professed their faith in recent newspaper interviews, but they've been making similar affirmations for years (ICP member Violent J to the Detroit Metro Times in 2008: "We're not an ultra religious group. I don't go to church or anything. I like to believe in God").

Lyrically, the ICP have been equally explicit about their faith. Songs like the '02 track "Thy Unveiling," pretty much spell it out: "Thy messages and hints were there/Although most never pick on 'em/We snuck 'em in subliminally with that wicked [expletive] around 'em."

Suffice it to say, the rappers', uh, revelation set the Internet aflame, with online opinion seemingly equally divided as to whether the ICP's profession of faith was a hoax, the beginning of the End Times, or both. Sample message on the band's Facebook page: "Either ICP are brilliant performance artists of an Andy Kaufman level, or 2 decades under clown makeup literally melts braincells [sic]."

Or: "lol this is so stupid. yes, rapping about stabbing things and being an evangelical christian. makes perfect sense..[sic]"

One thing is for certain: The bigger and better-versed the ICP fan, the more likely they are to take the group at its word. "Is that so hard to believe?" asked Oklahoma City fan Lori "Babyjuggalette" Yahola. "In every CD they have sold there is always one or two songsā€¦just like [the seemingly God-affirming] "Miracles." No, most people are not surprised. It's the young ones that just jumped right into it that are. Us older ones took the time to [get] the meaning that they was saying."

What do you think?

By Allison Stewart  | October 12, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  Polls  | Tags:  Insane Clown Posse  
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Comments

The album where they "came out" and revealed that their message was about God came out 8 years ago, and they've been open and talked about it consistently ever since. The real question is why did you take 8 years to make this poll? You should have asked this question in 2002.
Does a publicity stunt usually last 8 years? Maybe you should make a poll asking if elton john, who has "come out" as gay, is really just pulling off a clever hoax, or ask if people feel this whole "fall of the berlin wall" thing will last. Perhaps you should do some research beyond reading facebook comments for your next article, Washington Post.
-Ron Calhoun

Posted by: hotdogsoup | October 12, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to hotdogsoup for pointing that out to all the morons who have shockingly ran out of crap to say about ICP and Juggalos, so now they have to mention something that ICP already explained 8 YEARS AGO.

Posted by: LJ85 | October 14, 2010 6:10 AM | Report abuse

Apparently the psychotic clown kings of the trailer park set like to do more than just piss off a young Eminem (which seems to be pretty easy to do). They like to rap about rape and murder and Jaysus. The sad part is their songs seem to embrace and endorse ignorance such as stated in "Miracles". The reason this is news now is because they made it official and have given atheists like me more jokes and because nobody listens to ICP outside a mobile home park.

Posted by: anarimus | October 15, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

actually they literally made it official 8 years ago. this is only news now because they did an interview with the guardian last week and lazy papers like the washington post just report on other paper's articles as news without doing any of their own research.

Posted by: hotdogsoup | October 19, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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