PYONGYANG, Prk. – A Michigan-based underground hip-hop group known as the Insane Clown Posse has accepted an invitation by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to hold its eighteenth annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival at the Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea’s Central News Agency reported today.
Often referred to by its acronym ‘ICP,’ the Insane Clown Posse is a circus-themed rap duo from Detroit which, since its creation in the late eighties, has built a substantial following among Midwestern Americans, particularly the lower-middle class. ICP fans, known affectionately as ‘Juggalos,’ set themselves apart from society by sporting a variety of “urban-gothic attire” and are frequently seen wearing clown makeup.
A United States diplomatic cable released in 2010 by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks describes North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who at that point had yet to inherit power from his ailing father, as a having “identified himself with the Juggalo community.” Little is known about the personal lives of the Kim family but a North Korean defector who served as a bodyguard for Kim Jong-il until 2003 told Vice News the teenage Kim Jong-un would “often paint his face up like a clown and run from room to room shouting profanity-laced verses.”
North Korea’s Minister of Culture, Pak Chun-nam, told the country’s state-run news agency Thursday that the Supreme Leader personally contacted Psychopathic Records, the label which Insane Clown Posse is affiliated with, to request their presence in Pyongyang “so they may receive the highest honor granted unto them by our Dear Leader.”
The eighteenth annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival is tentatively scheduled for July of 2017 on the grounds of the Kim Il-sung Stadium. The stadium, which is home to North Korea’s football association, is able to accommodate up to 70,000 people. North Korean officials have indicated Kim Jong-un will be present for the entirety of the event.