Juggalo is a term used to refer to fans of the artists owned under Psychopathic Records. The term was created by Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse for those people who listened to their music. The term Juggalo is a term referring to male fans, while Juggalettes is a term created by the fans to refer to female fans. Violent J stated in Behind the Paint (Violent J's Autobiography) that during a concert they were singing "The Juggla", from the Carnival of Carnage album, and Violent J would say "You can't fuck with the Juggla. What about you Juggalo? Are there any Juggalos in here?" The term is often confused with merely being a fan of Psycopathic Records due to the tight connections Juggalos have to Insane Clown Posse, similar artists and their record label. Many Juggalos see Juggalism as a subculture or even a way of life.
Origins Violent J has always had interest in creating new words and word substitution (an early example is from his youth, when he started calling himself, his brother and friends Floobs). During Insane Clown Posse's Carnival of Carnage era, Violent J was at a show. It was during the song "The Juggla" that he called out to the fans and asked "What about you Juggalo ?" The name has stuck since then.
After the release of their fourth album The Great Milenko, ICP found themselves caught in an updraft of popularity, after their record label Hollywood Records, owned by Disney dropped the album and pulled it off the shelves after it's release only six hours earlier. The bands manager and co-founder of Psychopathic Records, Alex Abiss, then called a newspaper in Los Angeles asking if this would be news. The newspaper put it on the front page and also released it to other major news outlets. After this, many record companies started to bid for ICP's contract. Island records won the contract and made the movie Shockumentary and debuted it on MTV. In 1999 they went on their first national tour, and met up with the band House of Krazees. After the tour, one member from the House of Krazees decided to go his separate way. This would be the birth of Twiztid. ICP decided to leave Island records after the release of Bizzar/Bizaar.
Fast forward to 2002 before ICP released their sixth Joker's Card, A sampler was given out by street teams, and at ICP signings in California and Florida, The Wraith In-Store tour, and the Haunted House Autograph Tour. This included a live recording from the Gathering of the Juggalos 2002 where both members of the Insane Clown Posse talked about their career and the cult they created. At one point, Violent J states:
"We didn't make the sixth to make the people who like the wicked shit happen, or the people who like the Rock n' Roll shit happen, or the people who like the rap shit happen. WE made the sixth the way the Dark Carnival wanted it, and that's exactly the way it is."
The crowd then responded with a roar of cheering. This would be the last CD ICP would produce before The Wraith: Shangri-La.
When ICP released their sixth Joker's Card, the Insane Clown Posse revealed the true nature of The Dark Carnival: the Carnival was in fact, a supreme being (or God), and each album prior to this was one of the tests inside the Dark Carnival. Should one pass all of the tests the Wraith would take them to what is known to the Juggalos as Shangri-La (Juggalo Heaven). When this revelation was revealed in the final track on the album, many former fans became extremely upset and began to dislike and discredit the band intensly. Others, who looked past the graphic lyrics and who understood and appreciated the message were considered true Juggalos. This created a subculture which also followed other Psychopathic Records artists such as Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Anybody Killa, Vanilla Ice, Jumpsteady, Zug Izland, Project Deadman, and Axe Murder Boys.
 Juggalo as Subculture The Juggalo community (also referred to as the Juggalo Family) had its semi-official creation in the early nineties; the result of social outcasts brought into a union through the music they enjoy (in this case, Insane Clown Posse). As seen in other subcultures, from parallels in music came parallels in interests, style and diction (see below for a list of slang terms.) Much like urban culture, the Juggalo community is racially diverse, with African, Hispanic and Asian members amidst the larger European ancestry. Unlike urban culture, however, the social behaviour of Juggalos is highly varied, which makes it difficult to fully define what a Juggalo is. Juggalo personalities can range from strong and outgoing to shy and timid, while their careers could range anywhere from street hustlers to computer analysts. Like religions, it is merely the principles and adherence to them that defines a Juggalo (although it is worth noting that some offshoots of main religious branches do forego some of their principles.) Painting one's face in the style of the members of Insane Clown Posse has been referred to as the unofficial membership badge.
One looming conflict within the Juggalo community is that the term "Juggalo" has never been clearly defined by any one person. Insane Clown Posse have not commented on the subject, since the term has only truly been definable by their fanbase. It is generally accepted that someone who can understand and appreciate the underlying message of Insane Clown Posse's music, as well as able to adhere strictly to a defined code of ethics and morals is a Juggalo; those who stray from the path are not considered Juggalos. Since the fanbase comes in all races, genders and classes, it is impossible to distinguish who a Juggalo is from looks alone.
 The Juggalo Code Anyone who takes claim to the name of "Juggalo" (or "Juggalette", for women) to follow the ways of the Juggalo. If the Code isn't followed, they are often not accepted as Juggalos and at times, depending on the persons involved, are branded "Juffalos" or "Juggahos", slang terms for "poser".
Juggalos are encouraged to follow one's instincts and to believe and be one's self, while striving for acceptance and popularity is strongly discouraged, as is discrimination and/or prejudice based on race, religion, nationality, or social background; Juggalos are expected to judge others by their personalities. For the Juggalo community, the overall message of staying true to oneself and refusing to change for anyone is the true meaning and purpose of living.
Some of the expectations placed on Juggalos are honesty and selflessness, with loyalty being a large factor. Juggalos have a lot of pride and are extremely loyal to themselves and their fellow Juggalos, whom they support without question. In a sense, this is similar to the mentality of a street gang; this notion has come under fire from opposing figures of gangs and cliques. Despite the intense loyalty between Juggalos, it is favourable to still be viewed as an outcast. The comeraderie between Juggalos has led to an explosion of pride between Juggalos, who are all too happy to admit that they are Juggalos and are "down with the Clown". Some have even coined the term "Juggalo Power" for the increase in energy and stamina associated with having pride and strength that various Juggalos seem to experience.
It has been stated by Shaggy 2 Dope that "even some dude who doesn’t even listen to ICP or Psychopathic Records can be a Juggalo, because it’s about more then just listening to the music." Although enjoying both is favourable, neither is as important as sharing the same ideology as other Juggalos.
Juggalism has met resistance on several fronts. Parents often become confused and frightened by the idea of their child being involved in a street group that enjoys rap music. Many parents find the idea of rapping clowns taking themselves seriously as a large joke and will dismiss Juggalism as pure fanaticism. Since parents usually discourage their children from painting their faces any time of the year other than Halloween, they will also frown upon their child sporting face paint similar to that of ICP's members.
However, there are some parents who understand the juggalo code and approve of their kids finding like minded teens to stick with; gangs make targets out of loners. Juggalo Family rocks!
The following is a post on a juggalo critical forum by a mother of two ninjas by birth and eight ninja kids by proxy:
My son has just turned 15. since the beginning of the school year he was threatened for bein a white rag...do you even know what that means? it means he wasn't with any gang/family. He got harassed and threatened for it. then he got punched in the face hard enough to put a hole in his cheek from his tooth.
Then he said "mom, my friends are juggalos and if I hang with them I might still get harassed but I will have people watchin my back and lovin me like family". Right on, I said.
I have met my son's juggalo friends ..all are respectful, blend into the household...none of them are in trouble at school more than non juggalos...a couple of them saved my son from a jump out (beating)...his friends adore him and would stand behind him no matter what. I cannot , as a mom, explain what this means to me.
In high school I was an outcast, I didn't fit any of the stupid molds everyone wore (this was in the early 80's in a small town). I wish to hell there would have been juggalos then in my town.
I'm glad my son found a place to feel love and to belong...a place where people watch his back at school and on the streets. And I am glad I know his juggalo friends, I have adopted a few of them as sons/daughters by proxy simply because they are great kids and I love'em.
Juggalo Pride has led to the idea that there is a strong gang mentality in the Juggalo community, to the point where Juggalos are considered actual gang members. As a result, several splinter groups have been cited in newspaper editorials which claim that Juggalism is socially detrimental to its followers. Juggalos universally dismiss these individuals, claiming that they are missing the point completely. Many schools oppose to any graphic association with gangs and/or rap music, and Insane Clown Posse is no exception. Some schools even force students to remove or reverse their T-shirts to avoid conflicts with other students and staff members. Schools also oppose the wearing of face paint on any day other than Halloween or its nearest school day.  "Ghetto Goths" A derogatory term used by some miseducated persons in pop culture (and sub-culture) who may mistake some Juggaloes for a kind of rap loving Goth. This is only in the cases of those who dress in black, and have their face painted in the Clown make-up. In some cases, in relevance to ICP, a Juggalo/Juggalette may have adopted the style similar to that of Goth fashion; Black clothing, but usually baggy pants and loose shirts for guys or girls, and some Juggalettes may wear a short skirt and form-fitting clothing. This has also been popularized by mall-chain stores Hot Topic and Spencers Gifts. This "ghetto goth" labelling may not occur in some cases, as Juggaloes may come in any race, age, culture, size, gender, religious backround, clothing taste, etc.  Juggalo Terms The following is a partial list of slang terms usually used by Juggalos in conversation. For a more complete list, see the links section. Chicken - a term first used in the song "Chicken Huntin’", meaning "racist". Clown Luv - a term used to show the love Juggalos have for one another, first heard on Shaggy 2 Dope’s solo CD Fuck Off. Cotton Candy - a sexually explicit term meaning vagina, first heard on the Tunnel of Love EP on the song "Cotton Candy". Dark Carnival – the supposed driving force of ICP and Juggalos. On The Wraith: Shangri-La, it was revealed that the Dark Carnival was the supreme being. all six Joker’s Cards were based on this divine being and the supposed apocalypse. Faygo - a cheap soda which ICP have been drinking since their youth; today they douse Juggalos with it during concerts. Juggalo Power- an unexplainable internal power that Juggalos apparently possess; whether this is comparable with an adrenaline rush is subjective. Hound Dog - a term for a fan who obsesses over a group for no apparent reason. See also: Juggaho. Juffalo - a fake Juggalo who does not follow the ways of the Juggalo or who has fallen from them. Juggaho - a person who listens to Psychopathic Records artists for superficial reasons only. MCL - abbreviation for “Much Clown Love.” There are also other variations of the abbreviation such as, MFCL, MNCL, MMFCL and etc. Missy - a term for a large overweight woman. Comes from Insane Clown Posse’s movie Big Money Hustlas. Neden - a term for a vagina. Ninja - argued as either a replacement for the word nigga or just comes from Violent J’s childhood fascination with Ninjas. It’s used to identify another Juggalo, such as “What up, Ninja?” Nizzos - a term for a man’s testicles. Piggy – a term used for an officer of the law. Props - a term for giving someone encouragement or recognition of one’s work. Scrub - a term for a poor individual. (read: Juggalo) Sheep - a word for anyone, including Juggalos, who blindly follow without question. Also known as “Juggasheep.” However in Indiana juggalos don't play. in Indy, their is a group known The "Big Fam", it consist of the juggalo street gangs:Juggalo Empire, Natas crew,wicked clown posse, Blaze's Deciples, Juggalo Rydaz bitch , Hatchet Rydaz, Tunnel Ninjas, Juggalette Posse, Twiztid Dawgs, Ninja Deciples, Hatchet Killaz, Clown Reapers, 12th street clowns, and Juggalos Locos. The gang is rumored to be 1,500 to 2,180 Ninjas in Indy with 650 in the City of Elkhart or Etown alone. the rise of vandalism has risen in Etown to be 23% higher then ever before and their have been 2 reported slayings in Etown possibly the work of the Juggalo gangs in Etown. Their Rivals Are: G.D, Sur 13, Latin Kings, OBLC 8,West Side Crips and E.T.B. Their Ally is the Bloodz. juggalo4life
I'm learning a great deal today, and not just about mis-citation of fallacies.