Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Inane Clown Posse

If you've ever wondered what profoundly ignorant people talk about when they're being "deep," just have a look at Insane Clown Posse's staggeringly earnest music video, Miracles. In it, Juggalo kings Violent J and Shaggy marvel at the wonders of the universe from a childlike and embarrassingly under-educated perspective. (And in case you're unsure what a Juggalo is, it's someone who wears clown make-up and listens to Insane Clown Posse, making Juggalism simultaneously one of the most specific and sad social movements currently known.)

But enough from me. Let's hear what ICP has to say. (NOTE: The language is not work-safe.)

There are so many great lines, it's hard to choose a favorite.

  • I've seen shit that'll shock your eyelids
  • I fed a fish to a pelican at Frisco Bay. It tried to eat my cell phone, he ran away.
  • Music is all magic. You can't even hold it.
  • Fucking magnets, how do they work?
  • Magic everywhere in this bitch.
  • Shit's crazy

Shit is indeed crazy, Violent J. It is crazy indeed. Aside from the remarkable fact that the crew was able film this video of grown men rapping in full-on clownface without being incapacitated by fits of astonished laughter, the video does feature some odd artistic choices. Take, for example, this scene, which was apparently filmed in MommyVision:

(Seriously, isn't this the last possible place you'd want or expect to see a clown?)

Saturday Night Live did a parody of the video, and although there are a few good lines, it's nowhere near as funny as the real thing. The real shame of it all, though, is that there really are some wondrous things about life, the universe, and existence that Science is still struggling to explain. The more we learn the more humbling it becomes to live our tiny lives on our tiny planet in our unremarkable part of the cosmos. There really is some merit to artistically expressing our awe and fascination with the mysteries of all there is to know, but perhaps a music video isn't the right format. Or at least not one by these guys.