Yesterday’s news was such a trail mix of the bizarre and amazing that I just had to share these things with you. No hot takes today, my heathens, just a quick pair of headlines you might have missed- all of which prove we are living in the strangest timeline.
Nazis vs. Juggalos?: In a matchup I never thought I’d live to see, Donald Trump’s September “Hooray for Me!” rally in DC will run up against a March of the Juggalos. For those unfamiliar, Juggalos are the die-hard fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, and apparently there is no love lost between these groups.
Fucking unbelievable that 2017 still has this much gas in the tank pic.twitter.com/LMA68dbP6M
— Ltd Liability Cool J (@jesticide) August 16, 2017
I sat agog, staring blankly at that headline for a good three minutes before my brain finally processed the mental image of clown-faced Juggalos and Juggalettes squaring up against khaki-and-white-polo bedecked white supremacists. My money’s on the clowns.
He Was Not Prepared: In other news that made me smile, we can see what happens when white supremacists come face to face with the consequences of their actions. Christopher Cantwell, the alt-right shit-talker extraordinaire, recently discovered that he had a warrant out for his arrest. Now, the before-and-after of his transformation is absolutely stunning; in one take we have a man convinced of his own invulnerability, walking tall with his posse of black-clad racists, and in the next we see a scarred malcontent sobbing alone in his living room. No more confident smirking for this gentleman, he abandons his previous talk of killing African Americans and tries to claim that his movement is nonviolent and that he wants to abide by the law.
I don’t know if we can generalize from one blubbering punkass to the alt-right movement at large, but he does offer an interesting case study. In the ‘before’ clips, he acts like a man who’s been insulated from his rhetoric for a long time. But once his insulation is stripped away, suddenly he wants no part of what he previously avowed. Will he be allowed back into those fascist social circles after his video spread like wildfire? We may never find out, but it does beg the question- can we nonviolently weaken the Nazi movement in this country through application of concentrated, withering social consequences?