Krumping with Clowns: Everybody got down

by thebradmiskell

Underground Diaries, Part 27

Didrik and I had a blast shooting this feature. Hanging around with Tommy the Clown and his crew of “Hip Hop Clowns” as they delighted kids delighted us. When the episode appeared on Yahoo’s home page — despite initial issues I had with krumping being characterized as new, which it decidedly was not by then — I was thrilled by peoples’ interest, which was substantial. Unfortunately, the hate spew that made up roughly a third of the hundreds of comments this feature elicited — despite being so moronic as to be almost pitiable — was a substantial bummer.

The evening the feature published, I went to dinner with my publisher Cyrus Krohn and his family. I got home to find the comments full of racist ugliness. Marlo Brooks, Tommy’s manager and the mother of three awesome kids, was understandably distressed. A glitch had occurred in Underground’s comment screening process. It was quickly sorted out, but not before too many people — kids included — got another taste of America’s less exalted side.


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