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Turning Pussy Riot's Rebellion Into Money

Plus, details of FBI's Juggalos problem surface and Michelle Shocked shocks fans

By Mike Breen · March 27th, 2013 · Minimum Gauge


Turning Rebellion Into Money
Pussy Riot did it, y’all! No, all of the members are still not out of  jail, where they’ve been since being arrested for concert-bombing a Russian church with an anti-Vladimir Putin Punk song. But the Pussy Riot brand is thriving! A German lingerie company has copped the women’s image and given it a sexy spin, showcasing a scantily clad lingerie model with a colorful Pussy Riot ski mask and a “Free Pussy Riot!” sign walking around the streets of Moscow in a recent commercial. Can “Angry Birds: Pussy Riot Edition” be far behind?


“ICP Fans = Gang” Logic
LA Weekly dug into public records to discover how the FBI determined Juggalos — clown-faced fans of the Rap duo Insane Clown Posse — should be classified as a gang in its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment (ICP sued in response).

Among the “evidence” compiled by the FBI: the comments section of an online article about Juggalos; an unsubstantiated “small-town” news article that states, “While the majority of ICP fans, who call themselves Juggalos, are in gangs, some criminal sects have formed”; and a Seattle Times report that quotes a law official claiming Juggalos are easily spotted by their trademark suits and fedoras (someone get punk’d, bro?). Though the government had more information to go on than the Bush administration had to justify the war in Iraq, the FBI has reportedly closed the file on the case.

An ICP fan comes to the Juggalos' defense:


Shocked and Appalled
Singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked is either in the midst of a Joaquin Phoenix-style performance art piece or a full-on Charlie Sheen freak-out. Though her popularity has fallen since her late ’80s/early ’90s peak, Shocked stunned her remaining fans when she went on a seemingly homophobic rant during a gig in San Francisco. Shocked was apparently trying to make a bigger statement than, “Tell people ‘Michelle Shocked said God hates faggots,’ ” though her public comments have been vague. A letter purportedly by Shocked (a former favorite of the LGBT crowd) to, of all places, Fox News, apologized and re-emphasized her support for gay rights, but then she took to Twitter and nonsensically responded to Twitter users questioning her. Promptly, the rest of her U.S. tour was cancelled by promoters.

Here's audio from the night in question:



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