Why Did Jack White Collaborate With the Misogynistic Insane Clown Posse?

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Jack White is a man we like. We like the White Stripes, we like the Dead Weather -- hell, we even like bits and pieces of what The Raconteurs have done (yes, they're boring occasionally, but they really come alive from time to time). He's a maverick, a man with ambition, a man with creative scope. And he's handsome, which helps.

So, we're never that surprised to see Jack White pushing himself creatively. Nonetheless, we weren't terribly impressed to hear that he'd teamed up with Insane Clown Posse -- one of the biggest jokes any music-lover has had to endure for the last nineteen years.
It's not because ICP's music is bad (which it is), not because its members wear stupid face paint (which is one part moronic, one part sinister), not even because its fans -- the "juggalos" -- are known for being some of the most backwards rednecks middle America will ever encounter. No, mostly, we can't get past the fact that, even if he thinks collaborating with ICP is pushing boundaries on some level, Jack White is basically endorsing, in a roundabout way, raging misogynists.

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Yes, this recording is -- of all things -- a Mozart cover titled "Leck Mich Im Arsch", which was by all accounts a song originally written by the composer as a joke for his friends, loosely meaning "Kiss My Ass." But we bet it was a whole lot funnier when Wolfgang did it.

Our objections to this song will likely be greeted like all other objections to ICP -- we've got no sense of humor, we're taking them too seriously, etc. Even if we discount the violence they seem to endlessly encourage in their fanbase, we can condemn this recording simply because it's one of the worst things our ears have ever endured -- like the dumbest song Limp Bizkit ever recorded remixed by 12-year-old boys who just discovered their dads' porn collections.


 
The one thing that can be said for Insane Clown Posse is that these guys have embraced their own stupidity. They roll with it. There's no pretension there. The problem with that is, the lack of airs and graces means we get to see them for the Neanderthal fuckwits they are. And because not apologizing for that is part of their deal, we're all supposed to turn a blind eye when they rap "Run lady, I'm on you, don't reach for the phone, I'm gonna cut you up," and "Bitch, drop your overalls/ And we fuck in the back of a horse stall/ You're the ugly bitch I know/ But I still fuck ya, redneck ho." 

ICP's Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have previously claimed to denounce any violence that occurs from and amongst their fanbase (and there's been plenty of that) -- but all of their lyrics encourage it with gusto that seems 100 percent serious.

Yeah, we're sure White thinks he's being hella postmodern and artistic right now, but what he's actually doing is willingly associating with humans (we use the term loosely) who encourage others to be as stupid and hateful as they are -- perhaps more so. Oh, yeah! We know all that raging violence and hatred of women is supposed to be hilarious, but -- here's a newsflash Mr. White -- a great portion of ICP's fanbase don't view those things ironically, they take it literally, to a frequently horrifying (and criminal) degree.

The members of ICP have shrugged off the criticism of ol' Jack, saying "He's having fun, it's not like it's on his new album, you know what I mean?" Not really, guys. This still sucks. So, Jack White, even if this does turn out to be a massive joke for you, it still ain't funny to many of us. Not because we're humorless, not because we're snobs, not because we "don't get it," but because these people have nothing to offer music -- or the world in general -- and we can't believe that you would willingly associate with them. We're not sure we'll ever look at you the same way again.

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e_dude_man
e_dude_man

Do your research, ICP specifically condems violence in their name and have outright denounced Chris Brown for his actions, both actions serve to directly go against your claims of them being misogynist and of them encouraging their fans to be violent.

Bob
Bob

What happened to objectivity in the news?

achille
achille

I'm going to be the first to admit that when I read articles, I like to hear the author criticize things I hate and adorn the things I love with praise. Anything deviating from this just ruins it for me. ICP need to make like more talented artists and kill themselves. I'll appreciate them much more when they're dead.

ClownVid
ClownVid

Typical Misandry at work here.  It's OK, I'll forgive you - Philogyny FTW

Nikolayevich
Nikolayevich

Don't be such a tool. Jack White's lateral advocation of "go SVU on that bitch" isn't cause to vilify him yet. Besides, he's a weird motherfucker, and ICP are not just terrible, they're passe. He knows what he's doing and it has nothing to do with misogyny.

Kiss My Axe
Kiss My Axe

Wow. This is about the last complaint I thought I'd hear about this collab. It sounds a lot like, "The fact that it exists is misogynistic!" and, "Anyone who likes Chris Brown must be fine with domestic abuse!"Even to the most vehement ICP hater, this article is really reaching. It's fine to wonder how it is possible that they are so wildly successful and have been able to build an empire when they seem so appallingly stupid. Yeah, there are plenty of people who are fascinated by it.But there is no legitimacy in asserting that they have nothing to offer 'the world.' Their continued presence proves that to some people, they do.The Insane Clown Posse and all their fans are illiterate rednecks who hate women. But that's okay because women are stupid, only good for making sandwiches and babies, and need to know their place. The first statement is as wrong as the second.

Being so self righteous as to declare yourself the only representative of 'the world'  might as well be misogyny because you are implying that a huge group of people is entirely invalid. But it isn't a problem because not all of those in the group being stereotyped and nullified have a vagina.You are a hypocrite. Fuck you.

Anon
Anon

You might not like their collab, but you have no problem talking about it so that you can drum up traffic to your site. Typical journalist behavior. I am sure you have helped them sell even more records.

SeanAnomie
SeanAnomie

I think by 'a great portion', you mean 'three guys, several years apart'.  Heads up readers:  This writer is talking smack, he doesn't any more know who listens to ICP than the man in moon.  To answer your question, I believe it was to show that social deviance and subversion of mainstream values has been part of musical culture going back at least as far as Mozart, and indeed, even the language has not changed all that much.  I am so happy we have people like White, Violent J and Shaggy2Dope, and Mozart to pry open the minds of the chronically terrified.

mike
mike

Haha, oh...you.

SeanAnomie
SeanAnomie

is this the mike i think it is?  phantasm mike?

Kari
Kari

Isn't most rap music violent and misogynistic?

dean
dean

much better than the piece i tried to write about this. nice take.

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