Clowns Assault Tila Tequila with Sex Toys, Singer issues Legal Threats
August 16, 2010
Tila Nguyễn, better known by her Myspace, reality TV and social media name Tila Tequila, is threatening to sue The Juggalos, a group of clown makeup-wearing fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, after she was forced off-stage during a performance on the weekend.
“Pretty soon the owners who run the Juggalos will be bankrupt,” said Tequila on Twitter after the incident. “My attorney Alan is already on it. This is disgusting behavior from men.”
Tequila was subjected to a barrage of thrown objects as she tried to perform on the main stage at the event, receiving cuts and bruises to her face, arms and legs.
The Gathering, an annual festival for Insane Clown Posse fans, has long enjoyed a reputation for rowdiness aimed at performers. Clown makeup-wearing fans regularly toss debris at musical acts, something that musicians are warned of before they agree to appear.
But the decision to bring the famous-for-being-famous Tequila to the festival as a musical act was so poorly received by the hardcore rap-loving crowd, that organizers asked fans to go easy on her in a pre-event meeting.
Their calls were not heeded.
According to witnesses, as soon as Tequila hit the stage, shooting silly string into the crowd, a large banner featuring a four-letter word to describe a piece of female anatomy was unfurled. She was allegedly soon hit in the face, chest and legs by eggs, bottles of ICP fans’ preferred soda ‘Faygo’, feces, balloons filled with urine, a bag of chicken breasts, a flashlight, rocks, watermelon, pizza, cigarettes, and a large array of sex toys.
Canadian comedian Tom Green ran out on stage to try to deflect attention from the singer but the 1,000-strong crowd was not to be distracted and continued raining debris on the stage.
Tequila’s first response to the assault was to take her shirt off. Her second was to flee to a nearby trailer which was allegedly set upon by the outraged fans.
Before the festival kicked off, ICP member Violent J told fans they should think twice before engaging in their usual routine of tossing debris at the acts onstage. “You wouldn’t believe how many people refuse to come play the Gathering,” he was quoted as saying. “And when we see somebody who actually agreed, and who was actually looking forward to it, get bombed onstage? That s–t hurts, man, because we feel bad for them, you know. And we just want you to know, we’re going to have equally as much love from us no matter what you decide to do, but we wish you wouldn’t throw the s–t, man. I’m keeping it real.”
Fans could argue that Tequila fired first. The blogging/social media/reality TV crossover star boasted on Twitter before the event, “Lil Kim also performing tonight!! Woohoo! This is gonna be so fun!! I bought a TON of cool shit that imma spray at the crowd!!! Lol!”
Authorities in Utah, Arizona and California have referred to the Juggalos as a criminal gang, though the band has often denounced all forms of violence within the movement.