Marilyn Manson returns to stage, points fake gun at audience
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Marilyn Manson returned to the stage on Sunday night (November 5th) for the first time since a stage prop fell on him during a September 30th show in New York City, breaking his leg in two places. The wheelchair-bound shock rocker's Sunday performance at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest in San Bernardino, California immediately created controversy when Manson pointed a fake assault rifle at the crowd, just hours after a lone 26-year-old man went on a shooting rampage at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding at least 20 more.
- San Bernardino itself was the site of a terrorist attack in 2015, when a radicalized married couple inspired by foreign terrorist organizations went on a killing spree that left 14 dead.
- Manson issued a statement on Monday (November 6th) defending his actions, writing, "In an era where mass shootings have become a nearly daily occurrence this was an act of theatre in an attempt to make a statement about how easily accessible semi-automatic weapons are and how seeing them has become normalized."
- He continued, "My art has always been a reaction to popular culture and my way to make people think about the horrible things that happen in this world. My performance was not meant to be disrespectful or show 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 anyone who has been affected by the irresponsible and reprehensible misuse of REAL guns."
- Manson also introduced his new bassist on Sunday night, with former Mars Volta member Juan Alderete taking over the spot recently vacated by Twiggy Ramirez. The latter, whose real name is Jeordie White, was dismissed by Manson last month after a former girlfriend accused White of raping and abusing her when they were dating.
- Manson, who's touring behind his 10th studio album Heaven Upside Down, begins a European tour next week.