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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Is Insane Clown Posse for real with their “Miracles” video?

My brother Ken forced me to watch this over the weekend, because he thought I’d find it hilarious. So I watched. It bored me, then I started to find it pathetic, and then it made me angry. Take a look:


This is one of the most aggressively ignorant things I’ve ever seen, and what’s worse is that it’s proud of its ignorance, and willfully embraces continued ignorance:

Fucking magnets, how do they work?
And I don’t wanna talk to a scientist
Y’all motherfuckers lying, and getting me pissed

(The full lyrics are here, if you must.)

I’m surprised to find Xeni at Boing Boing — and many of the commenters there — finds this “pure awesome”: perhaps they’re seeing some joke that I’m not getting. MTV seems to think there’s a kind of joke in how all the miracles enumerated in the song aren’t really miracles at all, and this this is some sort of spin on Alanis Morissette’s not-ironic-at-all song about irony. Current calls Insane Clown Posse and this song “Walden-esque” for their failure to “accept the empirical evidence of so-called experts.” I guess that’s another joke.

I can’t see the humor in this, however. It’s not satire on idiocy: it’s just idiocy. And ICP is not an unknown entity: they’re hugely popular, and their fans are terrifying. I found this video especially disturbing because it coincides with an article I read this week at AlterNet entitled “Study Suggests More People Willing to Believe in ESP When Told It’s Been Scientifically Disproven.” And here’s ICP preaching willful ignorance and science as a lie.

American mass entertainment has rarely been kind to science, scientists, or the notions of rationality and intellectualism. But this seems like a step beyond what we’ve seen before. Am I wrong? Is Insane Clown Posse for real with their “Miracles” video? Or is it all a big joke that I’m simply not grasping?

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