mehan: This week, I wrote a piece for MTV Hive about “Wicked…


This week, I wrote a piece for MTV Hive about “Wicked Clown Love,” a new performance art piece from Neal Medlyn that draws much of its inspiration from Insane Clown Posse fan culture (i.e. the “Juggalo” lifestyle). I hope that my admiration for Medlyn’s bravery comes across in the piece—instead of taking the easy route by poking fun at a culture that’s almost universally loathed, he’s taken the time to really understand ICP and its fans, in order to produce a performance that generous, nuanced and thought-provoking. Neal’s challenge, I think, is convincing an NYC audience to take a subject as deeply uncool as Juggalos seriously, though based on what I saw at the rehearsal, he’s more than up to the task. In addition to Neal, I also interviewed Riot Grrrl O.G. Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), who designed the sets for “Wicked Clown Love” and had some really thoughtful, eloquent things to say about Neal’s work. This means that I can now claim to have talked to Kathleen Hanna about Juggalos—I’m guessing that there aren’t very many people who can say that.

Neal and Kathleen are inner circle. Period.

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