Getting Attention

Not Juggalos.
We all need some attention from time to time. We are, after all, social animals. Our ancestors groomed each other on the Savannah while enjoying the tasty ticks and lice they pulled from each others fur. Even with the solitude offered by the Internet we still gather in bars and restaurants to greet other humans. Boys still preen and girls still highlight their assets all in an attempt to garner the attentions of each other. Even same sex couples are found this way. I have a friend who delights in being masculine. Even so she still has a special shirt she refers to as her “come (love) me plaid.” I can’t tell it apart from her other plaids but I’m not a gay woman so I’m probably missing some subtle signal. That’s why I wasn’t surprised to find that the the Laxhatchee Florida Nudist Society was holding an outreach program to bring in new members.

The fact that they are looking for barely legal teens just reminds me that it is still Florida.

Nudist resorts have a reputation for attracting older adults, but one Florida park is trying to change that.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Sunsport Gardens will hold a weekend bash aimed at attracting nudists ages 18 to 30. The Florida Young Naturist’s Fourth Annual End of Summer Naked Bash is slated to be a celebration of nudity and body acceptance.

Sunsport Gardens principal shareholder Morley Schloss tells the paper the park has been trying to bring in younger members with lower prices, 24-hour hot tubs and Friday night drum circles.

The gathering at the 40-acre Loxahatchee park is expected to gather several hundred young adults. Nudist resorts around the country have been working to attract a younger crowd.

Granny, roll up your hooters, the kids are here!

Well, to be honest, I guess I’d be more interested in naked people if they were good looking.

Of course, not all good looking nudes are appreciated. Travelers in Edinburgh were horribly put out by the sight of a Picasso nude being shown in public.

Pablo Picasso’s “Nude Woman in a Red Armchair” apparently has some air travelers seeing red.

But a poster of the painting will get to stay at Edinburgh Airport in Scotland despite an earlier decision by management to cover it up after complaints from passengers.

The poster was hung in the airport’s international arrivals area to advertise the “Picasso & Modern British Art” exhibition now under way at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

The image – described by Britain’s Tate museum as “as a series of sensuous curves” — was apparently too much for some travelers to take. So the airport quickly placed it behind a cover and requested a different poster from the gallery.

On Wednesday, however, airport officials changed their minds.

“We have now reviewed our original decision and reinstated the image,” the airport said in a statement to NBC News.

“The initial decision was a reaction to passenger feedback, which we do always take seriously. However on reflection, we are more than happy to display the image in the terminal and we’d like to apologize – particularly to the exhibition organizers – for the confusion.”

The reversal comes after lots of jeers on social media, with Twitter users mocking “prudish passengers” and calling the snafu censorship.

John Leighton, the director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland, was incredulous.

“It is obviously bizarre that all kinds of images of women in various states of dress and undress can be used in contemporary advertising without comment, but somehow a painted nude by one of the world’s most famous artists is found to be disturbing and has to be removed,” Leighton told the BBC.

But the incident also highlights the wide variety of reactions airports have to deal with when displaying images that will be seen by travelers from cultures from all over the world.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, for example, has a team that evaluates art for exhibits at the world’s busiest airport, said spokeswoman Katena Carvajales, but she declined to comment further.

Certainly, airports must have a certain level of sensitivity when it comes to art and ads, said Anne Banas, executive editor of SmarterTravel.com.

“They have to (show) things that would be socially acceptable to a very general international audience,” Banas said. “But when it comes to something like art, like a Picasso, I just think that’s going too far to feel like you would have to censor that in any way.”

She pointed out that many perfume and clothing ads displayed at airports feature scantily clad models in provocative poses. Meanwhile, the Picasso poster was simply promoting an art exhibit, not displayed for any shock value, Banas said.

“If you’re a traveler, that sort of has an implication that you’re somebody who’s a little more worldly or willing to explore other cultures. You need to be open-minded as well,” she added.

Seriously, people can tolerate Kim Kardashian but not Picasso?

Screw people.

Anyway, one group of people who scream for attention, Insane Clown Posse fans known as Juggalos, have gotten all the wrong kind since they’ve been labeled as a gang by the FBI.

Horrorcore hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse has declared that they would be suing the FBI for classifying their devoted fanbase–known as “Juggalos”–as a gang in the 2011 National Gang Assessment.

Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope made the announcement at the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos on August 9, Spin reports.

The rappers said they would go through with the lawsuit “”no matter what it costs or what it takes,” eliciting cheering, cheers of “Family,” and even some crying.

The “Juggalos” are best known for their elaborate, clownish make-up and annual “Gathering of the Juggalos” celebration.

The FBI maintains, however, that subsets of the Juggalos “exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity in violence,” according to a 2011 report.

The FBI classifies the Juggalos as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.”

The report defines a hybrid gang as being a “non-traditional gang with multiple affiliations,” and notes that most crimes committed by Juggalos “involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism.”

While “criminal Juggalo sub-sets” have been identified in 21 states, Juggalos are only formally recognized as a gang in four states, according to report.

Almost a year later, ICP is fighting back against the classification.

“Let’s get this straight, a Juggalo is not a gang member,” Violent J, one member of the ICP duo, told Vice.

Violent J went on to explain how the classification could seriously harm individual fans. He offered the hypothetical example of a fan who simply got an ICP-related tattoo many years ago.

If such a fan were to get picked up for a minor offense like a speeding ticket, “he’s in the gang file… Suddenly, it ain’t just somebody who fucked up, it’s a gang member that fucked up, and they’re getting a heavier sentence.”

Some Juggalos have already suffered. Arizona man Shawn Wolf says his appreciation of ICP cost him custody of his son, according to Spin.

“The state of California flew to my house [to see if I was fit], and it’s all ICP-decked out,” Wolf said. “Just because of that, I was kind of screwed.”

Violent J added that the lawsuit wasn’t just for their fans, but also for the employees of Psychopathic Records, the independent record label founded by ICP.

“Some of these people . . . have been working here for 20 years,” he said. “That’s their career now. They have kids, and wives, and husbands. Next thing you know, they’re working for a gang.”

ICP and Psychopathic Records have launched the website Juggalos Fight Back in order to help build their case against the FBI.

Using the logic employed by the FBI, if a Boy Scout commits a crime then the Boy Scouts must be held accountable. There is a great movie, which will probably end up being used by the ICP Legal Team, called American Juggalo that takes a long, loving, look at the subculture.

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