Marilyn Manson is still pinning the blame of his career’s rough trajectory on the 1999 Columbine school shooting.
After high school teenagers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris murdered 12 students and one teacher before turning the guns on themselves in Colorado, reports surfaced that the pair — who dubbed themselves members of the “Trenchcoat Mafia” — were fans of Manson’s infamously dark music.
But Manson says these incorrect reports nearly destroyed his career.
“Give them the money and let them make their own choice: guns or records. If (Klebold and Harris) had just bought my records, they would be better off,” Manson told the Guardian. “Certain people blame me for the shootings at schools — I think my numbers are low, and hopefully they go up on (my upcoming) record. But, honestly, the Columbine era destroyed my entire career at the time.”
Manson’s music career has since rebounded, and he’s currently gearing up to release his tenth record, “Heaven Upside Down.”
Remembering the Columbine High School shooting
But his first post-Columbine album, “Holy Wood,” was a bust, and despite positive critical response, peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 (though it fared better abroad).
Manson explained to Larry King in 2013 that he knew right upon hearing news of the shooting that he would likely receive blame — and he did, in the form of false reports claiming the shooters were wearing Marilyn Manson T-shirts when they began their rampage.
“(I) was the best face to attach to at the time because I put myself in the role of villain. Because I think villains are the key to any good story,” he said. “Before they were showing anything, they said a gang of kids wearing Marilyn Manson T-shirts shot up a school… I think I’ve been blamed for about 36 school shootings.”
The 48-year-old rocker broke through in 1996 with “Antichrist Superstar,” which won him plenty of fans — and also some enemies in religious conservatives, who claimed Manson’s onstage antics were satanic.
The Columbine shooting killed 12 students and one teacher in April 1999.
“Well, I asked for it. You don’t make a record called ‘Antichrist Superstar’ and not expect people to hate you,” he told the Guardian. “But I wanted to do something that made a difference.”
Manson previously spoke up about his links to the shooting in Rolling Stone, and slammed America’s fascination with rewarding murderers with celebrity.
“A lot of people forget or never realize that I started my band as a criticism of these very issues of despair and hypocrisy,” he wrote in 1999. “The name Marilyn Manson has never celebrated the sad fact that America put killers on the cover of Time magazine, giving them as much notoriety as our favorite movie stars.”
“From Jesse James to Charles Manson, the media, since their inception, have turned criminals into folk heros. They just created two new ones when they plastered those dips–ts Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris’ pictures on the front of every newspaper. Don’t be surprised if every kid who gets pushed around has two new idols.”
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