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The star of this year's Gathering of the Juggalos wasn't a rapper or a reality starlet covered in poop. It was Ratchet Regi, an Orlando-based stripper who lives in a mansion called the Sausage Castle with playboy Mikey Busey and his Busey Beauties.
At the Gathering, Regi and the other self-proclaimed "hottest girls in Orlando, Florida" performed on the main stage and at Busey's outdoor strip club. To entertain the juggalos, Regi squirted chocolate and danced with Da Mafia 6ix, the iconic rap group who recently announced they were forming a supergroup with the Insane Clown Posse called Killjoy Club, whose first album, Reindeer Games, comes out September 2.
While partying with the Busey Beauties, DJ Paul recorded a video of Regi giving a lap dance to Busey's 500-pound friend Big LA, who owns a towing company in Florida. DJ Paul uploaded the clip online, calling it a "lap band dance." Like most videos of fat guys dancing, the clip went viral.
The video's popularity has shocked DJ Paul, Big LA, and Ratchet Regi.
"Hey man, that was crazy, but I didn't think [it would go viral]," DJ Paul told me when we were partying after his performance at the Gathering of the Juggalos. "When I hang out with [the Busey Beauties], we do stuff like that all the time."
Big LA shared these sentiments because he's been a part of Busey's crew for years. They met several years ago at a bar near Big LA's home in Hollywood, Florida. They bonded, and the next day Big LA drove to Orlando to visit the Sausage Castle. At his mansion, Busey asked, "Who wants to fucking tea-bag my girl?"
"I was first person at the door—that was me—so I tea-bagged his girl," Big LA said.
They've been friends ever since.
On Friday night when Regi opened for Da Mafia 6ix, she reenacted the lap band dance and bathed in milk.
"I was sober the whole time," Regi told me about her performance, "but the second I was on stage, I felt high."
During Da Mafia 6ix's afterparty at the outdoor strip club, Regi and I walked behind a car to talk about her overnight internet fame, the wild parties she throws for Disney interns at the Sausage Castle, and what it's like being a (mostly) sober stripper.
VICE: Was the lap band dance business as usual for you?
Ratchet Regi: I'm just an entertainer, so I was like, This will be entertaining. Let's do it.
Did you love bathing in milk when you opened for Da Mafia 6ix?
I own that milk; you can tell. I reek of sour milk right now, cause that was milk from yesterday—that was two-day old milk.
This is your first Gathering. Were you into ICP and other juggalo bands before you performed here this year?
I knew about ICP because my cousin is a juggalo, and I had a couple other juggalo friends [in Kansas]. I don't personally listen to them, besides Tech N9ne. My stepdad is personal friends with him. He drove by in a golf cart, and all I had time to do, because I was up on the pole, was scream, "[My step-dad] says hello!" He looked at me like, "Oh. OK."
How long have you lived at the Sausage Castle?
I just moved in there a couple months ago, but I've known Mike for over a year now, so he's been begging me for six months to move in. "Please! Please!" I was like, "I can't afford your rent," and he was like, "But you're a fucking stripper. You obviously can afford it." I was like, "Fine. I'll move in."
What's it like living there?
It's pretty chill Monday through Friday. Once the weekend hits, it's on like Donkey Kong. We have Disney college program parties we throw. Basically, Disney has a college program where you can bring in a bunch of [international] students who work at Disney. This guy has a party bus, and he fills it up with people, and from about 1:30 in the morning till 5 AM we have at least a hundred-plus people from all over the world [who are part of the Disney college program]. I had a Hindu guy [within five minutes] tell me that he was in love with me.
And they're all Disney college program participants?
Yes, but a couple locals hear about it, and some of the local kids come in too. For about four hours, it's complete and utter chaos. You're just like, "What the fuck! What the fuck! What the fuck!"
You look young enough to intern. How old are you?
I'm 25. I'm like the grandma of the Sausage Castle. Mike usually doesn't let girls come over who are older than 23. Eighteen to 23—he likes them young.
Is everyone who lives at the Sausage Castle a stripper?
No, I'm actually the one stripper who lives there. Kinky Casey—she lives with me [at the Sausage Castle]—is a server at Chili's. We have regular jobs. I'm just the only odd ball out.
Are you really sober at the Gathering and most of the time at the Sausage Castle?
Yeah, I'm sober, but I smoked weed with [a performer] and Violent J [from Insane Clown Posse]. I couldn't say no.
I've been sober for nearly a year, otherwise I would ask DJ Paul if we could smoke together.
You should! Why the fuck not? It's the Gathering.
Watch DJ Paul on Celebrity Wife Swap tomorrow night at 10 PM on ABC.