Thursday, August 02, 2007

The New York Post reports that Marilyn Manson is in legal trouble with one of his back up musicians, keyboardist Stephen "Pogo" Bier because Manson has failed to pay him money owed. The basis of the story is that Manson didn’t pay money that was owed but then the information that was released had to include something eye rollingly Mansonian as well. The way it’s reported here reeks of the requisite contrived bullshit that endlessly hangs around Manson at every moment he manages to squeeze a little coverage out of the media.
The first sentence of the item on Page 6 is:

INSTEAD of paying his keyboard player, Marilyn Manson squandered his band's earnings on "sick and disturbing purchases of Nazi memorabilia and taxidermy (including the skeleton of a young Chinese girl,)" a lawsuit being filed today in Los Angeles charges.

It’s entirely irrelevant what he bought with the money, it’s just a business transaction. WHAT he bought makes no impact on the way the potential case could go. It makes for good copy obviously but it’s really telling that even here, in a small gossip piece, the insistent Manson performance of dark and disturbing weirdness is as predictable as gravity. Ooohh, look, Marilyn Manson bought the skeleton of a Chinese girl and Nazi memorabilia.

Quick children avert your eyes and don’t pay attention to the Nazi sympathizing devil worshipper. Oh, look, the children are rebelling and buying anyway…but don’t…your parents won’t be pleased…ah, I see that’s the point. And the cycle continues…[source]

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