We won't belabor explaining what a "juggalo" is -- for that, you could just listen to the infamous Insane Clown Posse song, called, well, "What Is a Juggalo?" (According to that song -- which a high school acquaintance of ours played endlessly on repeat -- a juggalo is, among other things, a person who "walks right in the house where ya havin' supper/And dip his nuts in ya soup -- bloop!")
Shorthand explanation: a juggalo is a fan of Insane Clown Posse, yes, but the juggalo "family" has evolved into an international subculture whose ultimate event is the annual, multi-day Gathering of the Juggalos. While ICP is always the headliner at the rural Midwestern festival, the lineup also features a number of other musical acts -- as well as extracurricular-type stuff like indie pro wrestling.
The crowd, though, can get notoriously rowdy; ICP themselves have been
forced to stop playing mid-set after being pelted with stuff. So what
the hell was Tila Tequila doing agreeing to play?
A quick Google search could have turned up this Vice magazine account of
the festival from a few years back, which did a pretty good job of
detailing the shenanigans.
Still, even if she had bothered to read this (a skill which, for her, is perhaps questionable), it probably would have mattered little to the endless self-promoter. So when she took to the stage in rural Illinois this past Saturday, the crowd was, to say the least, cruel, pelting her with garbage from the get-go.
So what did Miss Tila do to try to quell the crowd? Oh, she bared her breasts. (Not unusual, considering she's now doing "special appearances" at "gentlemen's cabarets," such as this classy establishment in the Bronx.)
That whipped the juggalos and 'lettes into a frenzy, and that's when things got really ugly. According to CNN, Tila suffered major bruises, and even facial cuts from flying broken bottles. Even scarier is this witness report in that story:
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"She's pretty cut up," said a performer who saw the violence at the "Gathering of the Juggalos" in rural Hardin County, Illinois. The witness asked not to be identified so that he does not anger the juggalos.
The performer said a mob of hundreds chased Tequila from the stage and surrounded the trailer where she sought refuge. They rocked the trailer and smashed its windows, the witness said.
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An actual fellow performer didn't want to incur juggalo wrath. Chew on that for a while. As much as we despise the kind of faux-Internet celebrity Tila Tequila stands for, we cannot condone violence like, especially against women. Still, she should have known better than to show up, and for that we'll have to give her an honorable mention Darwin Award.
Here's some blurry video from the event.