We thought we were discouraged because we had missed Monday’s episode of “Law & Order,” which promised to center on the subculture of Juggalos, the fans of the hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse who paint their faces like nightmare versions of children’s entertainers. But the episode, called “Steel-Eyed Death,” was an even greater disappointment to the members of the horrorcore music world, who say the show misrepresented them and their musical scene.
As Maura Johnston writes at theawl.com, the episode seemed to be inspired by a crime that took place last year, in which a 20-year-old aspiring rapper named Richard McCroskey, who performed under the name “Syko Sam,” was arrested and charged with the murder of four people including two teenagers he met through an online music community, and who rapped about murder in his lyrics.
Among the real-life performers who have objected to the “Law & Order” episode are KidCrusher, an Australian rapper whose music was used on the show and was dismayed by the show’s portrayal of horrorcore.
On his MySpace page, KidCrusher wrote the show tried:
to make us all look like criminals and real serial killers (and think we would kill kids?!). They never told me the full details on the episode before I signed the contract for the release of my music video, all they told me was it was going to be based upon a Horrorcore Festival and they needed my music and a video for it. I do not support the fact that people that don’t know who we really are, can be quick to say “ITS A FACT”
On Twitter, the members of the Detroit-based Juggalo act Twiztid wrote that they were “super disappointed” with the show as well. “I understand that the show deals with criminal matters,” the band wrote, “but to take our whole musical genre and following and peg us” as the kind of people who would put “steak knives to little kids necks is taking it WAY toooooo far!”
Twiztid added that the episode is “just simply NOT what we (the Family) represent” and that NBC was “way out of line.”
We’ve sought comment from NBC and will update this post with any response from the network or “Law & Order” producers.
Watch a preview for the “Law & Order” episode “Steel-Eyed Death”:
This is extremely humorous juggalo who rap and threaten people with violence – see the ton of comments on every post , get hurt by being veiwed as gang or cult or violent members of the community .
sorry juggalos the JH is here to stop you .