Marilyn Manson knows how to keep his name in the press. After revealing he's in a hard cast, after a stage prop fell on him at a New York show, Manson had to cancel the majority of his fall tour. So, what other way can he promote his album? By talking shit, namely about Justin Bieber.
In March, the pop star posted a selfie with the legendary shock rocker, sparking a new friendship. Manson revealed the duo did have a falling out after Bieber teamed up with high-end fashion retailer Barney's New York to release a $195 shirt which was literally a vintage Marilyn Manson design with a Bieber logo slapped on it. Manson said Bieber eventually apologized and he forgave him. But that doesn't mean Manson is done talking shit.
In a new interview with 97.1 yesterday, transcribed by Alternative Nation, Manson made some interesting accusations about Biebs:
“Well he’s in some sort of sexual religious cult with an Asian version of Dave Navarro, apparently. The guy doesn’t wear a shirt, I don’t know exactly. But no, I don’t like to fight with girls, so I don’t want to fight with Justin Bieber.”
The host then mentioned that she wondered what went through Bieber’s mind to wear his own version of a Manson shirt.
Manson responded, “I don’t know, because I don’t know how to use the mind of a squirrel. So I don’t know what he’s thinking.”
“It is representing rock and roll though, I appreciate the fact that you identify with the integrity that I try to represent with rock music. Because if I don’t do it, who else is going to? If you want to fuck with that, if you tap the cobra, you’re going to get the fangs. If you kiss the cobra, you get the venom. I’m not really sure what that metaphor means, but you can just absorb that and put it into your own brain.”
And yes, we acknowledge the irony in talking about how Manson is saying this all for publicity, while giving him publicity. We're suckers for some gossip. Will Bieber actually acknowledge Manson's remark? Or will he go on with his life, being a mega-millionaire and not really pay attention to the thoughts of an aging rocker?
On the plus side, his new album, Heaven Upside Down, is actually pretty good. Read our track-by-track review.