Marilyn Manson in the News (January 13-20, 2022) - Marilyn Manson on Set and in the Studio, 'Phoenix Rising' Updates


Most of the news this week centers on Evan Rachel Wood's new documentary Phoenix Rising, and Marilyn Manson's new music and other collaborations.


A "Friendly Reminder" from Evan Rachel Wood

When the HBO two-part documentary Phoenix Rising was announced on January 12th to premier at the Sundance Film Festival, the media reported on it far and wide; you couldn't have asked for better coverage for a documentary. One would think this would make Evan Rachel Wood happy, probably even relieved, but no, things were not as they should be for Evan. She took to Instagram on January 13th and voiced her complaints with the press, as you can read below:


Evan has received nothing but positive press for almost a year now, with relentless coverage of her side of the story and overwhelming support shown to her by the press, to the point where they have lost all credibility in being "fair reporters" and "investigative journalists", but this is not enough for her. Evan wants even better coverage from the press, she wants the men who have come forward to have their voices heard. For Evan, it is as if the press is conspiring against her intentionally by not giving even more coverage than they already have. Evan feels like she needs men's voices heard that corroborates her side of the story, since "its much easier to discredit a group of women because we are often scapegoated as 'crazy' or 'vengeful'."

But how many men are there? If you really search far and wide, maybe you can come up with a handful, even though they are the easiest to discredit. One of them is Dan Cleary, a nobody who wants to be somebody, who took to Twitter, probably at Evan's instigation, to announce as soon as he could that he also participated in the documentary:




 
I for one want to see that receipt of his donation of $140 to a charity that protects abused women. It doesn't bother me if he pocketed it, but since he brings it up, he should provide some proof if he wants to be believed. Why do these people think we should trust their every word? And why bring up Manson as paying him? Manson not only gave him a salary as an employee, but he even gifted him a valuable guitar (at least!) without asking anything in return but to do his job.
 
Personally, if I were a member of the press and read this from Evan Rachel Wood, I would not think kindly of her and would probably ignore her altogether. But Evan knows that the few men she has on her side have weak testimonies. She isn't dumb. She knows that by making a post like this, the general public unfamiliar with the details will think that a bunch of men with credible testimonies have also come out against Manson, and just by making it sound as if it is so, her manipulative style conjures in peoples easily influenced minds what she wants them to believe. So far her manipulations have worked out for her, and no doubt this one will too.


Meet the Artist: Amy Berg on Phoenix Rising

A video dropped introducing Amy Berg, director of Phoenix Rising, for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Some of the interesting points in this video are:

1. Evan has known Amy for about ten years.

2. Evan approached Amy to direct her documentary.

3. Amy and her crew were behind the scenes when Evan came out publicly against Marilyn Manson.

4. It is a film that is supposed to be "as educational as it is entertaining".

It should be noted that Netflix's Kanye West documentary JEEN-YUHS will also premier at Sundance, which I find to be ironic.

The video with Amy Berg can be seen here.


Manson in a Movie?

On January 14th, Jack Donoghue posted a few photos on his Instagram, one with him and Manson and the other of Jack Donoghue, Cam'ron, Ye, Julia Fox and Marilyn Manson. Behind them the movie Zola was playing.



The next day, January 15th, Interview Magazine ran an interview with Julia Fox cleverly titled "Fox News", in which she goes into some detail behind the photos posted the day before with Manson. I will post the relevant excerpts from the interview below:

INTERVIEW: So, what was last night like?

FOX: I didn’t really know what was going on. I was just given an address, and it was to this enormous futuristic warehouse in downtown L.A. We went inside, through this tunnel, into a huge room with dim lights. Ye loves to play with light and darkness. He decided to put on Zola, and I was like, “There’s no way that everyone’s going to just stop and watch the movie.” Thirty seconds in, everyone there stopped talking and started watching, yelling commentary, and laughing. Dave Chappelle fucking loved it. It was such a special moment, to include Zola in our narrative.


INTERVIEW: What does Zola mean for your narrative?

FOX: I think it was a moment that he felt really inspired by something that I had shown him. We watched Zola the second time we hung out. From Zola, it was Slave Play in New York, and now we’re here.


INTERVIEW: Who was there last night?

FOX: Dave Chappelle, Marilyn Manson, Naomi Campbell, the actor from the new Batman, Cam’ron, Jack Donoghue from Salem, Andrew Richardson from Richardson magazine, Richie Shazam, all my friends came. Richie ate sashimi with Marilyn Manson and they had a really nice heart-to-heart.

INTERVIEW: What were you wearing?

FOX: I was wearing Diesel, and a Balenciaga bag and boots. The moto pants are Diesel and the top is Margiela.

INTERVIEW: What did you do after the movie?

FOX: There was a music video shoot, a Pusha T video shoot. Ye did his thing because he’s in the song with Pusha. Then we went back to the hotel and the paparazzi have been following me ever since.


The interviewer made a big fail in not asking more about the heart-to-heart Richie and Manson had, which is too bad, because Julia set up the question for them.
 
Whether or not Manson is in this music video or not, the gathering is an interesting one nonetheless. Manson was also seen in a car during what looked like the making of the movie that is reportedly being made to accompany Donda 2.



Julia Fox went on to also make some controversial statements in this interview, which many associated with Manson, for which she received media backlash:

INTERVIEW: What do you see as your destiny right now?

FOX: Right now, the vibes I’m getting are very much about tolerance, kindness, and love. I’m canceling cancel culture and putting an end to this black-and-white thinking. People shouldn’t be defined by their darkest moment. As humans, we commit violence to each other, we police each other. We’ve created such a hostile environment, especially on the internet. That’s why I don’t read the headlines.



Manson Spotted in L.A.

The Daily Mail spotted Manson getting into a car on Saturday January 15th and took some snapshots. No other details were given, except that they made the whole article about Evan Rachel Wood's documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.




 
Manson and Tim Skold in the Studio

On January 16th Tim Skold uploaded a photo of himself with the hashtag "#marilynmanson #kanyewest #dondasplace", indicating they are in the studio together working on new music. One of the highlights of the recent Rolling Stone hit-piece against Marilyn Manson was Tim Skold revealing that he and Manson were working on new music together, and this seems to be the first signs of that coming to fruition.


The next day, January 17th, Skold posted two more photos, one with Manson in the car.

 

Two days later, Tim Skold posted two more photos.



 
"Welcome to the New, Deranged Era of Celebrity"

Dazed published an interesting article on January 17th titled "Welcome to the New, Deranged Era of Celebrity", which I think had some good points and is worth reading. It also captures in a way the We Are Chaos era, if you apply it to Hollywood and celebrity culture in general. Read it here


Depictions of "Divine Favor"

Ashley Walters had not posted anything on Instagram since August 15th; then on January 19th she posted a black and white photograph of herself looking up. Not long after, Esme Bianco did the same thing, adding a smile and some color. Evan Rachel Wood did the same a few hours later. Obviously a collaboration was taking place.

These photos were all liked by their fellow accusers and collaborators, including Ilma Gore, though Illma didn't like Evan's photo, probably because they no longer follow each other on social media.

What is the purpose of these photos?

Usually the act of looking up, especially in religious iconography, signifies the subject has divine favor. Basically, that God is on their side. But we should also keep in mind that Phoenix Rising is premiering this weekend, and the act of them lifting their eyes to heaven could be the sign of their rising like the phoenix.


 


Phoenix Rising Premier at Sundance

Part One of Phoenix Rising will be premiering this Sunday at 9:45 pm EST. I have bought my ticket and will be watching, as long as everything works out. After the movie I will be writing a full review and will post it the next morning.
 
 

 

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