Marilyn Manson has been heavily criticized for bringing a fake gun onto a stage during a concert in San Bernadino.
Here’s Manson’s statement regarding the “incident.”
In an era where mass shootings have become a nearly daily occurrence this was an act of theater in an attempt to make a statement about how easily accessible semi-automatic weapons are and how seeing them has become normalized. 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
To show you he’s no stranger to the use of gun imagery on stage at his shows, here’s a video from his recent on stage injury. Weirdly enough, even fake guns can hurt you!