Hollywood Records, a luckless subsidiary of the squeaky clean Disney company, released a new album called "The Great Milenko," by a Detroit novelty shock rap duo, called the "Insane Clown Posse," on Tuesday. On that same day, the company recalled the album, and says that it's dropping the Clowns from its roster. Disney denies that this sudden house cleaning has anything to do with a nationwide boycott instituted against the company last week by the Southern Baptist Church, which claimed that in sponsoring "Gay Days" at Disneyland and presiding over the newly gay-themed T.V. sitcom "Ellen," the company was turning its back on "family values." However, the group, which consists of two obscenity-prone white guys who call themselves "Violent J" and "Shaggy 2 Dope" -- insists that is, in fact, what happened. Disney, for its part, denies that it's running scared: the Insane Clowns album, says a spokesman, simply fell through the cracks of the company's review process, and was only caught at the
Insane Clowns management says it's contemplating a breach-of-contract suit against Disney's Hollywood Records, which also canceled the group's planned 25-city tour. Where might the Clowns go next? Word is that Interscope -- the home of conservative punching bag Marilyn Manson, not to mention Death Row Records -- is interested.