Marilyn Manson has issued a warning on his MySpace blog against journalists who write "cavalier statements" about himself or his band, saying there will be repercussions for the "soon-to-be-murdered-in-their-home press" if he spies any more fabrications. "If one more 'journalist' makes a cavalier statement about me and my band, I will personally or with my fans' help, greet them at their home and discover just how much they believe in their freedom of speech," Manson warns. "I dare you all to write one more thing that you won't say to my face. Because I will make you say it. In that manner. That is a threat."
Manson's comments are reportedly a reaction to a recent L.A. Weekly interview with Buddyhead.com founder Travis Keller, who talked about what it was like to meet Manson in 2007. Keller paints Manson as a paranoid cocaine addict (Keller said the first thing that Manson asked him was "Can you get us some cocaine?") who walked around in a side-turned Von Dutch hat. "I was like, 'You're Marilyn Manson?â€™ I remember thinking he's going to come out with some kind of cape on," Keller told L.A. Weekly, "I'd never met him before and thought he'd be hanging out in a coffin. He's nothing like that." Keller went on to say that Manson's girlfriend at the time, insinuating actress Evan Rachel Wood, was nicknamed "Snowflake" because "when they played shows, she'd hold all the coke."
Though when Manson talked to Rock Daily in January 2008, he told us about how the Led Zeppelin reunion in November 2007 inspired his own reconciliation with Twiggy Ramirez. However, Keller claims Manson only knew one Zeppelin song ("Stairway to Heaven") and got bored at Zep's reunion concert after the song was played. In Manson's defense, his statements to Rolling Stone seem quite genuine.
In a post titled "Marilyn Manson is a big man on the internet!," Buddyhead writer Meathead responded to Manson's threats, adding fuel to the fire by writing, "I'm trying to visualize a scenario in which Marilyn Manson actually acquires my home address, achieves a mental state that's close enough to sobriety to allow him to successfully type it into Google and print out the directions, and then makes it all the way over here without getting distracted and sucking off a vagrant along the way," Meathead writes.
Even if Manson's threats are just deemed posturing, there is some journo-beating precedent that make Manson's MySpace post more serious. In 1998, Manson and two bodyguards were accused of assaulting Spin executive editor Craig Marks backstage at a concert over a magazine story. Then again, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor recently called Manson a "dopey clown," and he's since disappeared from Twitter, so who knows what kind of mayhem Manson is capable of. Consider us cautious.
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