Skepticism

Saturday Night Live’s Take on Insane Clown Posse

Those of you in the US can watch it on Hulu, and for the rest, here it is on YouTube for maybe the next ten minutes or so before it gets taken down. (Previously on Skepchick: Fuckin’ Magnets; How Do They Work?)

“Isn’t a volcano just an angry hill?”

“Fuckin’ blankets: how do they work?”

“How do suitcases always know where to meet you?”

“Are children small, or just far away?”

“Why do some mountains look like presidents?”

Thanks to Alexkr7 and Elaine for tipping me off!

Rebecca Watson

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  1. I have to admit, I couldn’t quite bring myself to watch the original video, because I’d heard ICP’s music once before and didn’t think I could take it, so I just read the lyrics. After seeing this, I broke down and watched the original.

    This one made me laugh so hard I hurt myself, but the real thing was even funnier.

  2. @shamelesshussy: Do NOT read the comments over there. They include long responses that begin with crap like this, “If you took the time to actually understand the song before judging it you would know the true meaning of the song.”

    Yes, this song is truly a layered and nuanced lyrical masterpiece beyond the grasp of most people.

  3. @delphi_ote: THIS. Only do read the comments on the article if you like that sort of thing, because they’re effing funny, in a painful sort of way.

    “So you are telling me here, Since Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope Believe in The 7 day creation that they are ignorant? So you are also calling others who follow this same belief ignorant? Further to extend on that matter, I am a Juggalo, been down since day one, has anything I have written about above sound ignorant to you?”

    Yes, yes, and yes.

  4. The first time I heard the original song, I was only paying half-attention, and I thought they were talking about the wonders of life in the context of a naturalistic worldview (I only listened to part of it).

    Boy do I feel like a moron!

  5. I never much liked their music, but I never had anything against the ICP themselves. They’ve always been very fan focused and provide a strong sense of community and family to their fanbase, who tend to be people who haven’t had that before. And I happened to stumble across an article about their history and albums and the meanings involved this week because of all the ICP stuff floating around the internet in response to this video. http://www.paoracle.com/?archive=77 It’s actually kind of interesting.

    Of course, the miracle video was kind of stupid and should be mocked. Because it’s hilarious.

  6. I heard the actual song and honestly thought it to be a parody. I mean, it’s sung by two guys in bad clown makeup for fuck’s sake. Hearing it and the parody back-to-back it’s hard to tell which one is serious and which one’s just taking the piss.
    I’m sure if the ICP were to take the parody version and perform that, nobody would notice.

  7. Dearest Juggalos and Teabaggers,

    1) “There” expresses position or distance, as in “I see scientists over there. Boo! Hiss!”; Their is an expression of ownership, “That is their stonewashed denim jacket, not mine.”; “They’re” is a contraction of “They are,” as in “They’re a bunch of haters (or liberals).” See also: Our/Are and Where/Wear.

    2) Books are not just for socialists and pussies.

    3) Childbirth is not a miracle. Also, a sunset is not proof of the existence of God.

    4) Crazy leaps of logic ahoy! Just because you’ve formed an angry mob doesn’t mean that Obama is the Anti-Christ or that Juggalos deserve our respect.

    Thanks for listening.

  8. Until today, I had never heard of the ICP or juggalos, so I wiki’d it. Now I am informed.
    {!#%@}!! A whole decade of blissful ignorance shot to hell in one crummy blog!

    (OK, not crummy – creepy and funny – ICP providing the creepy part)

    Can I nuke the brain cells that are storing all this?

  9. First time commenter…don’t mess up…don’t mess up….

    Has anyone else found it the least bit odd that a group of rappers well known for their anti-homosexual lyrics…have a music video which consists of them riding an ever enlarging phallus until it erupts towards the end?

    I mean…if non fans are supposed to look for a deeper meaning behind the idiotic lyrics, shouldn’t we also look for the hidden symbolism indicating possible self loathing and over compensation in regards to hidden or latent homosexual tendencies from the performers?

    Cool site by the way…

  10. @delphi_ote: Even the legible ones are hilarious:
    “”music is magic pure and clean you can feel it and hear it but it can’t be seen”. That might be one of the most profound statements I’ve ever heard, and all you retard cynics should find some poetry for your soul before you spout off the top saying what is and isn’t a miracle”

    Rhyming Clowns = profound

  11. I’m going to guess that the amount of people that saw the SNL sketch and laughed their asses off (even if they had no idea what the sketch was about) outnumber the amount of people who are ICP fans. Victory.

  12. “I’m going to guess that the amount of people that saw the SNL sketch and laughed their asses off (even if they had no idea what the sketch was about) outnumber the amount of people who are ICP fans. Victory.”

    ICP couldn’t even stand up against CowBell

  13. AAAAHHHH HHAAA HA HA HA HA. Oh my god that just made my day! I seriously cannot stop laughing thinking about, “kids….are they really small or just far away???” Omg every line was so priceless. Rebecca, we need to start ” The Juggalos Guide to the Universe” and just spout off crazy shit like this for an hour a week. LMAO

  14. The beauty of the SNL sketch is that as absurd as it was, virtually any of it could have been slipped into the original song/video and not have stood out from the rest. Who would really be surprised if one of them had put clocks on the list of miracles?

  15. I’m on a posting spree in this thread. It just occurred to me that they’re really denigrating folk with mental illnesses by calling themselves the Insane Clown Posse when they’re clearly not insane, merely ignorant. They should call themselves the Ignorant Clown Posse.

  16. Yesssss. This video BEGS to be ridiculed and Rebecca, SNL et al. have stepped up in a satisfying way.
    I’ve frankly been a little disappointed with all the serious discussion about whether juggalos are bad people. Quit distracting from the main point: making hilarious jokes at ICP’s expense.
    This kind of reminds me of my SNL – MArtha Stewart experience. I actually went through most of my life never seeing Martha Stewart on TV at all. I saw SNLs portrayal of her first, and didn’t get it. When I finally saw the real Martha I laughed my ass off. I feel like this ICP video could be the same way. They can’t really be that bad. . . right. . . no, they’re definitely that bad.

  17. ICP’s music cannot be taken at face value. That is like going to the church and asking for advice on science. I have listened to them for many years (among many many other types of music) and they are pure entertainment. Kudo to them for getting this type of publicity! Again, they are a music group, not a think tank!

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