FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: AMERICAN JUGGALO FOR THE OSCAR FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY, SHORT SUBJECT
Of course, the Oscar for Best Documentary, Short Subject will actually go to something about, like, crippled third world crack babies suffering from both HIV and terminal cancer, but that’s a crock — director Sean Dunne should totally get it for his twenty-minute American Juggalo (below), a very straightforward, non-judgmental series of interviews with ICP fans at The Gathering of the Juggalos. I’m not sure it made me any more sympathetic to their plight (for example, there’s a girl who calls herself “Maniac” and claims to be high only “on life,” but even if that’s true, she should start telling people that she’s high on crystal meth, because the other option suggests that she was dropped on her head as a baby), but it did give me some new understanding of them as people. For example, there’s a girl early on who claims she became a Juggalo because another Juggalo took her in when her family had abandoned her, and while that’s very sweet in theory, it’s also how cults recruit new members, so… yeah.
ANYWAY, you need to watch this because it’s highly entertaining (and beautifully photographed). Be forewarned: it’s NSFW due to nudity.
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