When I read the guys from Insane Clown Posse were telling people their horrorcore brand of hip hop music had always contained an underlying Christian message, I thought it was a joke.
I also believed it could be just another outrageous celebrity statement designed for maximum pub.
It might be both.
But what if they were being serious? What if, after nearly 20 years of embodying the darkness, they’re actually seeking the Light?
Shock rocker Alice Cooper has a stage show and musical themes that are not particularly distinct from ICP. And yet his proclamation of the Christian faith has earned a hearty evangelical embrace from a fair number of American church folk.
And when you think about it, are their painted face “wicked clown” personas and over-the-top lyrics all that different than Officer Ricky’s B.M.F. gangsta dreams that so many rap fans frequently applaud?
In The Guardian article, Violent J admitted the Dark Carnival had taken its toll on their personal lives.
“I’m medicated,” he says. “I have a lot of medicine that I take. For depression. Panic attacks are really a serious part of my life.” He points at Shaggy. “He’s gone through some things as well.”
I just hope that the fellas realize that following Christ comes with a cost.
That probably starts by significantly switching up the set list (people have a hard time hearing the Good Word when it’s smothered in “bad words”) and making sure their legions of followers put a halt to things like throwing human excrement at reality TV stars they’ve invited to their Gatherings.
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:5-7
After all, Jesus died for Juggalos too.
[Sketch the Journalist is a writer living in the thriving country metropolis of Cut-N-Shoot, Texas. He also authors the Jesus Muzik blog for the Houston Chronicle’s Belief website.]