It was later revealed that Disney was being criticized by the Southern Baptist Church at the time because of Disney's promotion of Gay Days at Disneyland, in addition to producing and distributing the gay-themed television sitcom Ellen.The church claimed Disney was turning its back on family values.The album was recorded and initially released by the Disney-owned record label Hollywood Records.The album was taken off shelves by Hollywood hours after its release, in response to criticism from the Southern Baptist Church of decisions that the church believed did not reflect Disney's family-friendly image, although Disney claimed that the album was released due to an oversight by its review board.These concepts are related by Insane Clown Posse in a series of albums called the six Joker's Cards.
Although the reviews were mostly negative, some critics complimented the album's improved sound over its precursors.The Card ultimately issues a warning against such acts of sin, and enlightens listeners that The Great Milenko is a part of every individual, and that they have the power to fall under his illusions or cast his hoaxes aside.The Great Milenko featured more rock influences than previous Insane Clown Posse albums, including an introduction performed by Alice Cooper and guitar tracks performed by Steve Jones (on "Piggie Pie"), and Slash (on "Halls of Illusions").Disney requested that the tracks "The Neden Game", "Under the Moon", and "Boogie Woogie Wu" be removed because of lyrics referencing abuse of women, rape and murder, and the slaughter of children, respectively.Several songs were recorded with the intention of releasing them on The Great Milenko.Music videos were filmed for "Halls of Illusions", "How Many Times", and "Piggy Pie." An unofficial music video for "Down with the Clown" was featured on the home-video release Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Volume 1.Blackwell left Island Records shortly after the group released Forgotten Freshness Volumes 1 & 2, and the merger of Poly Gram into Universal Music Group (which owned Interscope and Geffen) affected the way the label handled its next Joker's Card release.Stephen Thomas Erlewine of All Music wrote, in his review of The Amazing Jeckel Brothers (1999) that, "The Great Milenko [...] was targeted at white-boy, adolescent metalheads -- really, how could any album that contained guest spots from Alice Cooper, Slash, Steve Jones and Legs Diamond be anything else?" Insane Clown Posse hired renowned Detroit record producer and DJ Mike E. Clark made the album sound more rock-oriented, as opposed to the duo's earlier material, which featured a more prominent hip-hop sound.Finally, the lyrics to "Hellalujah" target money-hungry preachers.Two singles were released from the album: "Halls of Illusions" and "Hokus Pokus." "Halls of Illusions" was the first single released in 1997.