Polls: Insane Clown Posse: Serious about being Christians, or having a Joaquin Phoenix moment?
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 songs…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?
| October 12, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
Categories: Polls | Tags: Insane Clown Posse
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