Marilyn Manson tries to justify pulling out a faux rifle onstage in San Bernardino

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Sunday evening, in his first live performance since a falling prop broke his leg, Marilyn Manson tried out stretch out his previous “freak out your dad and mom” muscular tissues by taking out a faux rifle and pointing it on the viewers. This comes from Selection, which says the gun had a microphone on it and was “clearly faux,” however the realness of the gun most likely isn’t the largest concern right here. The bigger downside is that there was a mass capturing on Sunday, the place 26 individuals had been killed in a church in Texas, and likewise that Manson’s live performance was in San Bernardino—which noticed a mass capturing in 2015. Principally, it was an terrible, tasteless thought for a number of causes.

Now, Manson has been pressured to concern a press release in regards to the faux gun prop, saying that it was “an act of theater in an try to make a press release.” Right here’s his clarification in full:

In an period the place mass shootings have grow to be an almost every day prevalence,” he wrote, “this was an act of theater in an try to make a press release about how simply accessible semi-automatic weapons are and the way seeing them has grow to be normalized. My artwork has at all times been a response to standard tradition and my approach to make individuals take into consideration the horrible issues that occur on this world. My efficiency was not meant to be disrespectful or present any insensitivity. The prop microphone I used on stage was handed to me with the approval of a police officer. My empathy goes out to anybody who has been affected by the irresponsible and reprehensible misuse of actual weapons.

Selection does say “handful” of law enforcement officials had been readily available, nevertheless it appears like no person within the viewers was significantly shocked by Manson’s entire factor. Kelli Skye Fadroski, a reporter for the San Bernardino Solar, stated that some individuals within the viewers thought it was “lame” and past that it “didn’t appear to really hassle anybody.” Maybe the problem then is that actual life is so surprising that attempting to be surprising simply comes throughout as boring.

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