Well, in reality, the "Dark Carnival" can refer to several things (besides what you came here to read about, which I will get to). "Dark Carnival" is a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury, published in 1947. "Dark Carnival" is also a novel written by Keith Ferrario, a band headed by Niagara and Ron Asheton, a song by Vanessa Carlton from the 2003 video game Spy Hunter 2, a Deathlands novel, and finally, the setting of a concept album series by Insane Clown Posse.
So what is the Dark Carnival, as presented by ICP? A warped, nonsensical, sellout off-shoot of the Christian religion. Violent-J claims that he was "visited" by the Dark Carnival back in 1992, which in turn led to the 6 Joker Card albums. Each album would contain secret hints and "messages" from the Dark Carnival, with the 6th revealing the secret of what the Carnival really is. The joker's cards were littered with what seemed to be unique stories of people getting "judged" after death, with the "Dark Carnival" being something like a uniting force for Juggalos, or even a place you go when you die. Now being a complete atheist, I don't believe in any of that nonsense, but I thought it was cool and original.
Then, somewhere along the line, ICP "found Jesus", and became "Intimate Christ Posse". The clowns not only revealed that the "Dark Carnival" is a metaphor for "god" (most likely the Christian God), they went back and turned their lyrics inside out in a deceitful attempt to fool people into believin...
"The Dark Carnival" is a Ray Bradbury novel published in 1947 by Arkham House Publishing.
Fans from ICP can't seen to get it through their heads that the people who they worship's "great vision" is just a ripoff of several classics such as this.
However, since no ICP fan can read, none of them will ever know the truth.
"Bitches don't know bout my plagurizm of Dark Carnival" - Violent Gay of ICP.
Christian metaphor designed by ICP's handlers as an excuse to justify their stupidity to parental watchdog groups that would otherwise ban their music and put a halt to their careers.
Handler 1: These shock-rockers are being blasted out of the charts by right-wing censorship groups. How can we put a stop to it?
Handler 2: I know! Let's tell them to pretend there's a religious message in their music! We'll call it the Dark Carnival - because you have to keep it 'mysterious' to keep the rebellious teenagers attracted to it!
From my own interpretation, I assume that Juggalos
see the Dark Carnival as an afterlife warped to fit their own lifestyle. We all believe there is a form of life after death, each of us having our own "versions". The "Dark Carnival" just represents and supports the ICP following and its many beliefs. In my honest opinion, if people are fighting to gain recognition for this following, they don't deserve it, on the basis that it is completely undocumented, unsupported, and unrealistic. This shit is sad.
Those Juggalos believe in the Dark Carnival.
Something that retarded followers of the ICP follow that is a complete joke like Scientology and must be stopped before its too late. There are enough religions already without this incredibly stupid idea running around.
Yo man I just picked up the new ICP now im a Juggalo in the Dark Carnival
Trues humbely united gathering souls from St.Clair a street in Cleveland Ohio!
5 SCT's from the CLE!
The Carnival is a religious revolution that is ignored or looked down upon by the main population for the type of music that introduced it. As many know the Dark Carnival was introduced by the Insane Clown Posse, a face paint-wearing horror-core rap group with violent and profane lyrics on their cd’s. The ICP’s intent with this was not just to be violent or profane, but I will get into that later.
Many think that the Carnival is a cult, but this is a fallacy. We have to pay no money to believe in the Carnival, and we see no human being as a God or higher power. The Carnival is here to bring people together. The lost, the wicked, and the holy, all together for the same fight for God. We have been around since 1992, and we have enough followers to match the population of Washington, and yet we have no government recognition, but that fight is being fought every day. The word for one who has faith in the Dark Carnival or listens to any Psychopathic Records artist is a Juggalo.
We have with stood many years of torment misunderstanding and hate from the general population, for looking like people who would hate. Can someone explain this to me please? I have grown to expect this, though. I am writing this today to try and minimize that misunderstanding.
The History of ICP and Psychopathic Records. . .
The Inner City Posse was started by Joseph Bruce in the early nineties. With him in this Southwest Detroit Ghetto gang were his friends Joey Ustler and John Ustler...