Insane Clown Posse to Sue FBI: 'A Juggalo is Not a Gang Member'

Insane Clown Posse is ready to "fight back" against their fan base being named a gang.

The band's passionate following, dubbed Juggalos, were named "a loosely organized hybrid gang" in the FBI's "2011 National Gang Threat Assessment Report" last fall, leading to possible legal repercussions for Juggalos in trouble with the law.

In response, the rap group announced at the 13th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, their annual festival, that they will be suing the FBI.

In an interview with Noisey, Violent J explained the lawsuit.

"ICP is going to do something huge for our fans, and the world," he said. "We're suing the FBI to be taken off their list. They're trying to kill our band, and we have to fight back."

Beyond being worried that a Juggalo affiliation could mean even a simple speeding ticket could carry "a heavier sentence," Violent J -- born Joseph Bruce -- added that the FBI designation has damaged the band's merchandising.

"When they made that list, stores like Hot Topic stopped carrying our s***, because they don't want to be selling gang apparel," he told Noisey, adding that the group's staff at Psycopathic Records had also been affected.

"That's their career now," he said. "They have kids, and wives, and husbands. Next thing you know, they're working for a gang."