Detroit's Psychopathic Records organizes Insane Clown Posse juggalo protest in Washington DC


And, as usual, they cursed a lot.

"Over the past five years, our legal team has heard testimonies and reports from Juggalos all over the nation who have lost custody of their children, been fired from jobs, denied access into the armed forces, and the most common outcome - being officially labeled as a gang member by law enforcement agencies for wearing Juggalo related clothing or brandishing one or more Juggalo tattoos", the group's website reads.

Amie Puterbaugh, 36, from outside of Dayton, Ohio, traveled to the District of Columbia with two friends for the rally.

Okan, an accounting auditor, said he was not in a gang.

And six years ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation linked enough crimes committed by fans of the music to call them a gang.

Insane Clown Posse will be performing in Easton next month. Founded in Detroit in 1989 by duo Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, Insane Clown Posse performs a brand of hip hop known as "horrorcore", which is influenced by supernatural themes and violent horror movie imagery. The band sold 8 million copies of its most recent album. "Organized crime is by no means part of the Juggalo culture".

The label angered the band and its fans, who said it was inaccurate and effectively criminalized being fans of a pop group. Juggalos, in tandem with the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the government in 2014, claiming Juggalos' "constitutional rights to expression and association were violated" by the FBI's classification.

The federal suit was dismissed a year ago on technical grounds, but the ACLU is appealing that ruling.

There was little similarity between the Juggalo and Trump events - although facepainting was also available at the "mother of all rallies" - and with the distance of the Reflecting Pool between them, there seemed little chance of any crossover.

Webber says the group is apolitical, but added that numerous band's songs speak out against racism and bigotry.

The crowd obliged with a deep "Whoop-whoop!"

GettyPeople gather for a rally during the Juggalo March.

Nevertheless, as NPR's Windsor Johnston reported, some counterprotesters attempted to tie the MOAR rally to Charlottesville, including one who held a sign featuring an image of the woman killed by a motorist there.

"We need you and your voice to make sure that we shout above the chaos of this noisy world and are heard loudly and clearly as we deliver a message right into the nerve center of America that the Juggalo Family is not a joke, punchline, or any form of criminal organization", says the official website for the march, The report called the group a "loosely organized hybrid gang", saying that "most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft and vandalism".

Scott Donihoo, who runs a Juggalo fan website told AFP: "We are going to tell our stories of how we are affected by this gang affiliation".