“When I was a kid growing up, music was the escape. That’s the only thing that had no judgments. You know, you put on a record, and it’s not going to yell at you for dressing the way you do. It’s going to make you feel better about it.” – Marilyn Manson, Bowling for Columbine
Marilyn Manson has always been a controversial artist, the epitome of anti-establishment. He’s been called many adjectives rivalling him with the “devil” or “satanic” behaviour. His lyrics have been described as hateful, inappropriate and perceived as “suggestions” for violence, sex and drugs.
Church movements and community rallies were frequent throughout his career. His most infamously claimed transgression was that of his “influence” on the two individuals involved in the Columbine shootings.
His response: “I definitely can see why they would pick me. Because I think it’s easy to throw my face on the TV, because in the end, I’m a poster boy for fear. Because I represent what everyone is afraid of, because I say and do whatever I want.”
I have always found Manson to be an extreme intellectual with an intense sense of rebellion. After I read his essays, watched his interviews, I realised that this artist, this provocative, no-fuck-giving man is not only musical, or artistic but by my standards an incredibly great thinker.
“…. The media wants to take it and spin it, and turn it into fear, because then you’re watching television, you’re watching the news, you’re being pumped full of fear, there’s floods, there’s AIDS, there’s murder, cut to commercial, buy the Acura, buy the Colgate, if you have bad breath they’re not going to talk to you, if you have pimples, the girl’s not going to fuck you, and it’s just this campaign of fear, and consumption, and that’s what I think it’s all based on, the whole idea of ‘keep everyone afraid, and they’ll consume.” – Marilyn Manson, Bowling for Columbine
Whenever I mention my discovery of his writings and enjoyment of some of his music, I receive very strange reactions. People do NOT like this guy, I remember growing up and being told he was a “bad man” after I’d matured a bit this grew into “he has no morals or values” and I believed it until I researched and actually listened to some of the lyrics. Which just goes to show that a lot of what he discusses in his works are of very similar societal constructs.
I am respectful of someone who has an educated opinion that inspires instead of discourages humankind to be better. His writing is not cynical or accepting of things as they are now, but in some ways motivational.
“American culture is drunk on the blood of its children.
But shouldn’t we all just hold hands and kiss? It’s certainly the G-rated thing to do. In my opinion, peace and unity is tired rhetoric and naive idealism. Harmony is absurd and a monkey wrench in a wheel of evolution we did not create. However, mankind’s inborn need to destroy, compete and fight one another CAN be solved in more powerful ways. The mind is the greatest bomb.
We must wage a war of knowledge, a war of art and a war of economics. Maybe this can satisfy the “evil” we are born to dispense to each other.” – Marilyn Manson, Lamb of God
His views on American culture (which is one of the most instrumental cultures in the world) and society are very raw, way too honest and like himself, scandalous.
But I’ll let his words speak for themselves.