Marilyn Manson on Bullies, Guns and Death
There's nothing quite like an interview with Marilyn Manson. No topic is untouchable, so why not go for broke when speaking to the Antichrist Superstar? In this new discussion, Manson speaks about his new Pale Emperor album, guns, sex, violence, his thoughts on death and much more.
Marilyn Manson began his reemergence in 2012 with the release of Born Villain, the artist's eighth studio album. Suddenly, the world seemed to reignite its complicated relationship with Manson, praising his recent work while simultaneously questioning the impact of his influence on society.
In Manson's in-depth discussion with Dazed Digital, Manson attributes his continued success to “a Faustian deal with the devil. I’ve been hearing the hellhounds knocking at my door for a long time now," Manson says. "I finally realized it’s time for me to pay back what I owe, and that’s this record. Pay the devil’s due.”
Manson also delves into his childhood, recalling the first time he was ever beaten up by a bully. "The very first time I got my ass kicked. I had gone to K-Mart in this yellow-and-purple basketball outfit," Manson begins. "I went to the city kids’ basketball court and they were all taller than me. I didn’t get tall till I was about 18. I was around 5 feet 4 inches (and suddenly) I became 6 feet, 1 inch. Anyway, this guy came over to me, shoved me and said, ‘You’re a f---ing c--t.’ So I went home and said, ‘Mom, Dad – what’s a c--t?’"
The duo didn't quite explain the word's true meaning to Manson, but he obviously found out in due time. As for Manson's current obsession with guns in his lyrics, the musician traces it back to his father. "He taught me how to be a sniper and brought that gun back from Vietnam," Manson explains. "So I have accurate aim. If I wanted to be a short, 100-foot range sniper, I’d be very, very good at it. But I’m not really into shooting things … ['The gun obsession] probably had a lot to do with me dealing with my mom dying while I was making the record. At the end of the day, you still die alone – spoiler alert. You die alone. It’s not a depressing story. It just is the story. It’s life."
As for the topic of death, Manson has some very staunch beliefs. "Well, if I die I want to die with my boots on, as they say," declares Manson. "I also want to make sure that if I die and it’s said that it was a suicide, it’s false. I would never kill myself, I’m not a quitter. If I’m going out I’m taking everyone with me, strangers first."
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