TW: Anti-Semitism and Domestic Violence.
More accusations towards Nazi-memorabilia enthusiast Marilyn Manson have come out in relation to his abuse allegations. Evan Rachel Wood is feeling safer now and sharing more details. It certainly is sketchy as fuck to learn that he bought Eva Braun’s handbag at one point, allegedly? Who has that now and have they hopefully gotten rid of it or thrown it in a dumpster? I know there have been WW2 enthusiasts in rock before like Lemmy who collected all manner of memorabilia but Lemmy was also VERY outspoken about hating prejudice and racism and his favorite artist of all time was Little Richard. Manson seems to have very much become that which he once lampooned on Portrait Of An American Family as the toxic underbelly of American society. WTpsychoticF, dude?
His long running manager Tony Ciulla has dropped him NOW, which is completely unimpressive. How could you really not know anything between Antichrist Superstar until now, dude? While many fans are grappling how someone who has written albums important to them could be so allegedly shitty, that is not the thing to center! Mechanical Animals really helped me feel better about expressing gender fluidity but I am sure as fuck not gonna put that incidental fact above the pain of the women who have come forward. Get some perspective, fuckers!
Wood, 33, claimed on her Instagram Story Friday that in addition to emotional and sexual abuse, Manson, 52, was also abusive towards her regarding her Jewish heritage. She also denied ever having a BDSM relationship with him and dismantled other pathetic talking points abuse apologists have tried to direct towards her.
The Westworld, Frozen and True Blood actress shared Manson’s tattoos which she says are hidden swastikas and a Nazi-death’s head inspired symbol of a skull-and-crossbones. She said he didn’t have them when they started dating.
“I heard the ‘n’ word over and over,” she added. “Everyone around him was expected to laugh and join in. If you did not or (god forbid) called him out, you were singled out and abused more.”
People in the scene who want to victim blame and whose first impulse is to fall into every abuse apologist trope should READ THIS ARTICLE right away. It was a huge red flag when Manson’s team tried to deflect from him ending a recent interview abruptly with Metal Hammer when asked about Evan alluding previously to him being an abuser (before she outright named him) by using Rose McGowan as a token “MeToo” survivor who is friendly with him. If anyone ever tries to do that you can tell them to fuck off and that one experience does not mean everyone else’s were similar.
Also, metal and worker’s rights scribe, Kim Kelly (whose work is much appreciated for what she brings to the scene) has posted a Gizmodo piece to help people recognize Nazi and Racist dogwhistling from metal bands HERE. It has some very good techniques to try to familiarize yourself with. I for one will not promote anything from Hells Headbangers because they just don’t try hard enough to vet shit, IMO.
Reporting on metal is a complicated process and we try our best to not contribute to anything super shitty. The best thing the community can do is have an ongoing discourse on how to improve things. At various points I have not written about whole bands or labels if they are unrepentant, have done zero sincere restorative justice or it’s just way too sketch to know. This goes for multiple reasons/topics. Together we can try and stay on top of this stuff instead of making an anything goes climate. You are under no obligation to support Destroyer 666 casually calling people whores or “effeminate men” as an insult just because you like metal.
The term “cancel culture” is itself an alt-right seeded concept (like “virtue” signal or “SJW”) that seeks to diminish the efforts of accountability and social justice. Contrarian fuckheads seem to think no one has the intelligence to be able to understand nuance or degrees of contrition. If that were the case there would never be ex-neo nazis like Christian Picciolini who now do important anti-racism activism!
And then there is this I’d like to draw your attention towards:
Marilyn Manson was officially accused of sexual assault, domestic abuse, etc, by multiple women this morning.
— NAZIS IN METAL: A Comprehensive List (@NAZISinMETAL) February 1, 2021
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People really out here praising abusive dinosaur rockers when we have so many brilliant, kind, underrepresented artists working their asses off. Are y’all really that fucking dull? I’m talking to you. Are you in a position of power?
— Kris Esfandiari (@kngwmn) February 2, 2021