A gross and disturbing story is developing in music land.
Marilyn Manson’s Keyboardist Stephen “Pogo” Bier filed a breach of contract lawsuit in August in which he accused Manson of taking cash belonging to the rest of the band to pay for “sick and disturbing” purchases.
What is so sick and disturbing that even a long-time friend of the creep-out king is disturbed? A child’s skeleton and masks made out of human skin. They’ll look good next to his collection of Nazi memorobilia and weird collection of stuffed (real) animals.
Manson is talented. He certainly knows his way around music, proving he can create, compose and perform music. He dabbles in painting, directs films and can apparently act. He’s probably a marketing genius. His depravity hits a nerve. Some people call it performance art, others shock rock. Whatever it really is, it’s making him rich.
I don’t believe in censureship as a rule. I think people can and should decide for themselves what they can watch, and how much of anything they can take. My beef with Manson is that he’s deliberately targeting those who aren’t in a mature position to make good decisions. Children like his music the most. Children want to see his films. Manson uses disturbing, disgusting pictures and lyrics to make his point – whatever it is. He is known to use drugs, has been involved in many lawsuits, promotes and participates in pornography and seems like an all-around depraved kind of guy. For some reason, I think he’s going to have a conversion experience in his near future. Call it a hunch. At least he’s not lukewarm…