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Ten Thoughts and Observations I Had Rewatching Evan Rachel Wood's "Phoenix Rising" (Part One)

When the two-part documentary Phoenix Rising aired on HBO on March 15th and 16th 2022, I saw it and immediately wrote my review of part two, having already written my review of part one when I saw its premiere at Sundance over a month earlier. I didn't have much time to process it at the time, because it has a lot of information, and with limited space to write about it in a limited time, there was only so much you could address. After watching the documentary about 3 or 4 times, I realized I could easily write a book with all I had to say. Now that some time had passed since I last saw it, I just rewatched the documentary this past week on the anniversary of its premiere, and there were things that stood out to me that I didn't either capture a year ago or didn't have enough knowledge at the time to better comprehend. I will try to summarize my thoughts and observations into a list of ten things I wanted to address, though it could easily be more than ten, choosing five t

Marilyn Manson and the Resurgence of Taboo Exploration Through Controversial Art

One of the noteworthy contributions of Marilyn Manson, especially in the first twenty years of his career, is helping to bring underground taboo exploration through transgressive controversial art into the mainstream. He did this at a time when there was a resurgence in transgressive taboo exploration, beginning around the late 1990's, but no one brought it to mainstream audiences like Marilyn Manson, which was part of the initial shock of his persona. One could say it was the foundation upon which his career was built and it was the means by which he would continually reinvent himself. The list is too long to explore this in detail, but we see it beginning with his very name, taking the first name of a woman and the last name of killer and bringing together opposites. We also see it in his first major hit with his cover of the 80's dance hit 'Sweet Dreams' by the Eurythmics, in which he explores its dark lyrics without changing a word and gives it a sleazy, creepy BDSM

Marilyn Manson in the News (January 12 - January 25, 2023)

  January 12 - The Death of Lisa Marie Presley On January 12th 2023, a long time friend of Marilyn Manson, Lisa Marie Presley, died in Los Angeles at the age of 54. In April 2003, Lisa Marie said the following about Manson in an interview: "Manson is in fact a friend of mine and I'm also a huge fan of his. I've also heard his new record and it's awesome. Gosh. I was nervous to meet Manson because I'm such a huge fan." Lisa Marie even attended Manson's wedding to Dita Von Teese in Ireland in December 2005. On March 23rd 2018, Lisa Marie and Courtney Love had creepy guest appearances in Manson's music video for “Tattooed in Reverse”. Looking back at past tweets of Lisa Marie referencing Manson, you can get a sense of the affection she felt towards him: Even after the allegations against Manson were brought forward, the daughter of Elvis Presley continued to quietly support Manson, as it was reported on May 31st 2021: "They've been ve

Brief Thoughts on the Joint Statement of Marilyn Manson, Evan Rachel Wood and Illma Gore Submitted on January 19th 2023

On January 19th 2023, a Joint Statement of Marilyn Manson, Evan Rachel Wood and Illma Gore was submitted with 18 Objections to be ruled upon by the court in connection with the anti-SLAPP Motions. It states: "Pursuant to the Court’s December 1, 2022 Order, Plaintiff Brian Warner p/k/a Marilyn Manson, Defendant Evan Rachel Wood, and Defendant Ashley Gore a/k/a Illma Gore hereby submit this Joint Statement Regarding Objections to Evidence Submitted in Connection with Defendants’ anti-SLAPP Motions. All three parties’ objections have been consolidated in this Joint Statement, and the objections have been consecutively numbered (Objection Nos. 1-18) for ease of review and discussion." I won't explain what each objection means or go into any details about them. Below are just my views and highlights that I offer as something to consider as you read through them from the source you get your court documents. They should not be seen as a replacement to the document itself, which

Evan Rachel Wood's Awkward Acceptance of the 2009 Young Hollywood Superstar Award

The Hollywood Life 11th Annual Young Hollywood Awards took place in Santa Monica, California on Sunday, June 7, 2009. During this award ceremony, Evan Rachel Wood was given the Superstar award, riding on her critically acclaimed performance in The Wrestler. But things did not go as smoothly that evening as Evan perhaps would have wanted. In fact, from beginning to end, it was cringy awkward. Let's take a look:     Here is what I find so awkward about the whole thing: 1. Patricia Clarkson presents the award (she played Evan's mother in Whatever Works , which had premiered the night before this award ceremony), and when describing Evan, she calls her, among other things, "cunning". A cunning person is one who uses deceit to achieve an end. I'm sure Patricia meant this to describe something positive, but it just sounds awkward to use a word like that to describe someone you are trying to praise. Further along, she will also describe Evan as "nutty", which i

Marilyn Manson in the News (December 15, 2022 - January 11, 2023)

December 15 - Manson's Attorney Requests a Stay on Esme Bianco Case Due To a Pending Criminal Investigation by the LADA According to new case filings on December 16, 2022, Manson's attorney confirms the LASD investigation pertains to the Esmé Bianco allegations. This is significant because it has never been confirmed who the investigation pertained to or how many alleged victims. But according to this, it appears to be about Esmé Bianco's allegations, though it's not clear if it is limited to just her allegations. And considering TMZ's quote in May 2022 stating, "some credibility issues with the victim," it's somewhat telling. TMZ spoke of a "victim", not victims in the plural. Bianco's attorney, Jay Ellwanger, revealed in February 2021 that Bianco had met with the FBI in regards to her allegations of human trafficking, and it seems the investigation was taken up by the LASD, which took 19 months to complete before being handed over t