As the Anti-Christ Superstar, Marilyn Manson has crafted his career upon shocking the public (especially frustrated parents) with his boundary-pushing aesthetic and hell-summoning take on alt-metal.
However, it seems the 48-year-old shock rock luminary may have missed the mark when it came to commenting on the #MeToo movement, elucidating how he believes allegations will “ruin a lot of people’s lives” unnecessarily.
“I just don’t want to see this turn Hollywood into something that takes away from films being made” said Manson in an interview with Channel 4 News. “That’s not to disrespect those people that are saying the allegations. I just think that if you have something to say, you should say it to the police, not to the press and handle it that way first and foremost. That’s what I would do.”
He went on to discuss how not all allegations supposedly hold equal amounts of brevity, “There are always allegations, of course, but when someone starts complaining about something that happened that seems a little bit not as serious as sexual assault, I think that’s insulting to people who have been sexually assaulted.”
Beginning to mirror Morrisey’s tone-deaf comments regarding harassment, Manson began to describe being unable to discern courtship and indecency, saying, “It pisses me off when someone says, ‘I got an inappropriate gift’ or something, that’s not the same as being harmed.”
“Maybe all men are bad or all men can’t do anything inappropriate,” Manson says. “It makes you feel you can’t even say… or if I meet her [motions off camera] and if I look at her the wrong way, I’m going to be accused of something wrong.”
You can watch the interview below – skip ahead to the 31-minute mark to listen to Manson rant about a “snowball effect” that “could really ruin a lot of people’s lives that don’t need to be ruined.”