I got confused when I saw the headline

The headline was “FBI lists Juggalos on gang watch list.”  I was very confused.  The FBI put a song on a gang watch list?!

A little investigation, revealed my error.  “Juggalos” is not the same as “Juegalo.”

The latter is a great song:

(Or see here.)

The former is a group of young people who paint their faces like clowns:

The Juggalos, a loosely-organized hybrid gang, are rapidly expanding into many US communities although recognized as a gang in only four states, many Juggalos subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence law enforcement officials in at least 21 states have identified criminal Juggalo subsets, according to NGIC reporting

Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism however, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales social networking websites are a popular conveyance for Juggalo sub-culture to communicate and expand.

I’ve never liked clowns — I think those painted faces are creepy — so I can’t say I’m entirely surprised to learn that young people with evil intent hide behind those painted smiles.

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