If you haven't heard, allow me to quickly go over what happened.
Recently, Marilyn Manson (if you don't know who Marilyn Mason is...aka "The God of Fuck"...well, he's a rockstar) was injured while performing on his "Heaven Upside Down" tour. In his return back to touring since being injured, he was wheeled out on stage by someone dressed as a doctor or medical intern in a wheelchair, while holding a microphone attached to a prop AR-15, while performing the song "We Know Where You Fucking Live"
I suppose it warrants mentioning that the Official Music Video for the song is very heavy on gun imagery:
Also, here is a video of the actual performance. I warn you the sound quality is not very good. If you've ever seen Marilyn Manson live (I have multiple times), it's quite a loud affair. Not ideal for camera phone recording:
Of course, pop media outlets explode asking,
HAS HE GONE TOO FAR???
I wasn't sure how I felt about this act when I first heard about it, mostly because it was in San Bernardino, site of a mass shooting in 2015, rather than the act itself. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge Marilyn Manson fan. If you've watched and listened to him over the years, you also know that he's quite the shrewd individual, very politically and socially aware, and no dummy.
When I read about this, I knew exactly what he was "aiming" for...no different than my once wanting to start a band with the initials KKK...he was making a very poignant statement.
In a country where men and women walk around in public with AR-15's on their back, into restaurants, grocery stores, and bars (yes, bars!) with firearms, I can't imagine why this particular act seems so shocking, or newsworthy.
The reality is that he's absolutely right. Semi-automatics are beyond easily accesible. Furthermore, the presence of them in our society has become so normalized, we don't give it a second thought, or even attempt to think about a society without them in our midst.
Earlier today, Marilyn Manson released a statement on the concert performance in a discussion with Variety:
“In an era where mass shootings have become a nearly daily occurrence, this was an act of theater in an attempt to make a statement about how easily accessible semi-automatic weapons are and how seeing them has become normalized. My art has always been a reaction to popular culture and my way to make people think about the horrible things that happen in this world. My performance was not meant to be disrespectful or show any insensitivity. The prop microphone I used on stage was handed to me with the approval of a police officer. My empathy goes out to anyone who has been affected by the irresponsible and reprehensible misuse of REAL guns.”
Now, there's something for you to think about as you tuck you and your children in tonight.
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