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Unraveling the Meaning of Marilyn Manson's New Teaser Video

Marilyn Manson's new teaser video, by which he announced his new record label Nuclear Blast and introduced us to new music after nearly four years, is also rich with imagery and symbolism in its brief one minute and ten second duration. It's not clear if this teaser is complete in itself or just a portion of something else to come, nonetheless I observed a possible explanation as to what we may be looking at, and I wanted to share my thoughts and open it up to criticism so we can arrive at the truth. From what we have gathered so far, we know that Manson is bringing back the imagery of the Tryptich ( Antichrist Superstar , Mechanical Animals , Holy Wood ), with a special emphasis on the revolutionary theme of Holy Wood , since a parallel is being drawn to what inspired its creation (Manson being blamed for inspiring the Columbine shooters, the cancelation of his tour that ensued and his ultimate comeback) with Manson's current troubles of accusations against him and his s

An Analysis of Some Risque Photoshoots of Evan Rachel Wood Between 2006 and 2012 in Light of Her Sexual Abuse Allegations

This post will require a quick timeline review.

Marilyn Manson and Evan Rachel Wood first met either in August or September of 2006, and since her birthday is on September 7th then their first encounter would depend on that day to say whether she was either 18 or 19 when they first met. Manson was divorced that December and he started officially dating Evan in January 2007. They broke up on October 23, 2008. According to Evan's timeline, sometime between November 2008 and February 2009, she was raped by a man in a bar. From mid-February 2009, Manson and Evan briefly got back together again, but they broke up with a questionable status till about April when they both went their separate ways and started officially dating other people. In November 2009, Manson and Evan got back together, they got engaged in late December 2009, and they broke up in June 2010, though the official end of their engagement was August 2010.

Since late-2016, and especially after she named him for the first time on February 1st 2021, Evan Rachel Wood has said nothing of her relationship with Marilyn Manson that didn't have anything to do with abuse. She has been focused on keeping the narrative alive that from beginning to end, he was a monster. She has hinted that the first few months there were positive elements in the relationship, but then things began to change. She never mentions the fact that they had an off and on relationship from 2007-2010. And from Evan's perspective, she was with Manson from October 2006, not January 2007.

Premiere Magazine - October 2006

With this being said, Evan Rachel Wood came into 2022 posting a series of photos from old photoshoots on her Instagram. Then on January 11th she posted the photo above with the following caption:

Let's analyze this photo and what she is saying here and put them in context:

1. Evan Rachel Wood received the Spotlight Award for Emerging Talent at the 13th Annual Premiere Magazine's Women in Film Dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel on September 20, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. The award was presented to her by her co-star in 2005's Down in the Valley, Edward Nortan. Here are photos of her receiving the award:

2. This photo comes from her photoshoot for Premiere Magazine in October 2006, after she received the Spotlight Award. It consists of two photos and a spotlight on her related to her film Pretty Persuasion (2005). The two photos are below:

3. Evan's description of this photo went through a certain evolution. She kept adding and deleting until she came up her final version. Below is the evolution of her description till its final version. As you can see, the two most prominent differences are that she replaced the name "Brian" with the word "Innocent", and she added a poem at the end.

Evan emphasizes her innocence in this photo. First of all, pretty much the only place you can find this photo today on the internet is on porno websites (I'm not kidding), so it's not such an innocent photo.  Second, you can't be all that innocent if you persuasively did films up to this point such as Thirteen, Pretty Persuasion and Down in the Valley. Lastly, Evan had been in a series of relationships already by this time, including a very short relationship/fling when she was 18 with a much older Edward Nortan, who was her last fling before she started seeing Marilyn Manson.
4. In this caption, Evan is telling us with regret that in September 2006, when she was 19 years old (not 18 as she says in her Instagram caption) and had just met Manson, she was an innocent person in a "new adult body", newly able to make her own decisions, and ready to start a new phase in her career. But this was not to be, because this is one of the last photoshoots before Manson began to abuse and assault her. Her destiny was never to be realized. Because of Manson, she lost her confidence in her body, she began to feel insecure, she could no longer be happy living in her body. Now in 2022, she ponders with regret as to what might have been if Manson had never come into her life.

5. Basically, we are supposed to assume by this that Evan never did a photoshoot again that showed she was confident in her body, at least not until she was out of the alleged abusive relationship with Manson, and it also seems like she wants us to believe that after this her career as an actress went downhill. This was her high point, in other words, and she was about to reach her low point.

6. Now compare this statement from 2022 to a statement she made about her relationship with Manson, about how she perceived herself before and after she met him, in Interview Magazine from the November 2008 issue, which was nearly two years into their relationship:
"I had been in a place where I was letting too many people dictate who I should be and what I should be, and I was trying to make everybody happy to the point where it was just killing me. I’d completely lost myself. It’s kind of funny now that people think I’ve completely changed myself for him, when this is actually the first time in my life that I took a stand and said, 'This is who I am and this is who I’ve always wanted to be, and I’m finally with somebody who lets me be who I want to be.' He never tells me what to do or what to wear or who to be. It’s all my decision and he respects it, and that’s what’s important. So more than the relationship, it’s me out on my own, finding myself and being in an environment where I can do that and learning how to deal with the shit you’re going to get back from it."

I remind you, she said this before her first breakup with Manson on October 23, 2008 and not in the early part of their relationship. Their relationship ended in October 2008 because Evan was too focused on her career and had rejected Manson's proposal for marriage.

7. While Evan was with Manson, they hardly ever saw each other because they were both very busy with their careers, which shows Evan's career was going up not down. Some of the highlights of her career were made while she was with Manson, such as The Wrestler, Whatever Works, True Blood and Mildred Pierce, all critically acclaimed roles. If she was to put any blame on Manson, it may be perhaps because Manson had promised her a role in three projects of his that never came to fruition - Phantasmagoria, Splatter Sisters and I Want To Kill You Like They Do In The Movies. If we look at their timeline together, not only did they film for it, but Evan took some time off to do so.

8. As for Evan's confidence in her body, well, that is what this article will highlight below.

GQ Magazine - August 2007

Let's move forward a year and see how much Evan lost confidence in her body a year after she met Manson and about nine months into their relationship, by examining her photoshoot with the legendary Ellen Von Unwerth. Below are the photos from this photoshoot, so you can judge to see if by this point she had lost confidence in her body, and I will also add in between some of the quotes from the interview she gave for this issue, because the interviewer was only interested in hearing about her relationship with Manson.

"He snores louder than anybody I have ever heard! I think it’s the sweetest thing ever. It actually lulls me to sleep. But he puts Geppetto to shame. It’s literally like _ [she starts low, like a lion growling, and then pitches higher, like a hound dog with a head cold, before finishing with two forceful exhalations. The snore, by my count, lasts several seconds]. _ It’s every snore you’ve ever heard, rolled into one. [Laughter]"

"[About the Heart-Shaped Glasses video]. We made it for each other. I just wanted to show that it’s okay to have different, weird ideas about romance. At the end of the video, we’re kissing and it’s raining blood—and for me, that was one of the most romantic moments of my entire life."

"Honestly. Because that’s how we were feeling at the time: Even though ugliness can be all around you—you can literally be in a thunderstorm of blood—if you look past that, it really is just two people holding on to each other. And you know, the same thing with the sex scene. If you’re going to have a sex scene, that’s what it is. When you’re with someone and you’re in love, that’s usually what happens. It’s not always soft. Sometimes it’s somebody screaming or whatever.…"

"Look, if somebody can watch it and say, 'Wow! I feel less weird now!' then that’s great. Somebody’s got to stand up for the freaks!"

"When we first met, he took me up to the roof to just shoot pellet guns—at nothing!"

"People would be surprised at the kind of healthy, loving relationship we have."

"If it doesn’t work out, I would never blame it on the fact that he’s Marilyn Manson."

"I’m really just being me and growing up. And I’m sorry if I have blond hair and blue eyes and my boyfriend looks like a vampire. What do you want me to do about it?"

Arena Magazine - November 2007

Maybe if we wait another two months, signs of Evan's self-confidence waning will show. This was probably around the time Manson was allegedly tying her up and beating her to a pulp. Let's see how this affected her confidence.



H Magazine - May 2008

Moving forward another eight months into Evan's relationship with Manson, let us see if her self-confidence has now begun to wane, because so far we have seen no evidence that it has. The article excerpt that accompanies the photos speaks about how Manson's Phantasmagoria was her next project:

"Wood is very excited about her upcoming project Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, in which she plays Alice’s alter ego (though presumably without the bunny ears this time). The film is written and directed by her boyfriend Marilyn Manson, who also stars as the author who popularized hookah-smoking caterpillars. 'It’s a great script,' she confirms, adding that Manson’s artistic diversity impresses her to no end."

GQ Magazine - April 12, 2009 / i-D Magazine - August 2009

The photoshoots for both of these issues was done by the acclaimed photographer Terry Richardson, who is widely known for his risque sexually explicit photos that sometimes border on the side of soft-core pornography. When Evan did this photoshoot, she was not in a relationship with Manson, but they had just broken up for a second time, though it was still a few months prior to them reuniting and getting engaged. In fact, this photoshoot was done not long after Evan Rachel Wood claims she was raped by a second man, who remains anonymous, in a bar.

According to Evan Rachel Wood, she felt very comfortable working with Terry, doing nude scenes and being bound to a chair, because she knew what kind of photoshoots he does. In her own words:

"You know what you’re going to get with Terry. But he makes you feel so comfortable. He was like, 'OK, take off all your clothes', and I was like, 'OK'."

She added, "Then he tied me to a chair and pushed me over. I was like, 'You know, I’ve only done this for three people - Manson, Julie Taymor, and you, so feel special!"

In one of the Intros to Manson's website, a bloodied Evan was filmed bound to a chair and getting punched by Manson. This was fake, of course, and done with her willing and enthusiastic participation, which is why she brings up Manson. Today, however, you would get a very different story from Evan.

It should be noted that in 2017 many women came out against Terry Richardson for sexual assault and harassment. Evan was not among these women.



Flaunt Magazine - September 2009

So far, we have not seen any evidence of Evan's waning confidence in her body image, nor did the photoshoot from 2006 at the top of this page become her last sexy photoshoot, but let's keep moving forward to see where things start going downhill for Evan. This photoshoot for Flaunt even has a video to accompany it.

Gucci's Guilty Perfume Campaign - June 2010

So as not to be overly redundant, we will skip ahead to an article I already wrote about Evan's Gucci's Guilty Perfume Campaign, which was done six months into her engagement to Manson, they had just separated days before, and which Evan called a really low point in her abuse. I have analyzed this photoshoot in detail at this link:

An Analysis and Investigation of the Photoshoot That Evan Rachel Wood Claims Captured Her Abuse

Marie Claire - October 2011

And now we come to the next photo Evan posted of herself on Instagram after the 2006 photo posted at the top of this page, on January 11, 2022. As we can see, this photo continues Evan's narrative she began with the 2006 photo. 

We read in this caption the following:

"One of the first photoshoots I did after escaping abuse.
They have seen more. They have learned more.
They have come out of the closet.
They are about to become a mother.
They are about to help others find that same freedom. They have been through the abyss.
They are a survivor now."

Let's analyze this a bit:

1. First of all, this photo was taken almost a year and a half after her breakup with Manson, and she did other photoshoots in between.

2. The reason she posted this photo, is because she had just come out as a bisexual, was about to get married to Jaime Bell, and a year later have a child, so for her these were a positive direction in her life.

3. She views this photo as one of the first photos since finding "freedom", presumably from being in an abusive relationship. Would you say, based on the photos alone presented in this post, that she ever lost her freedom since 2006?

4. Evan claims she went through the "abyss" since that photoshoot in 2006. Notice she didn't post any photos from 2007-2010 on her Instagram. Why? Because it would destroy her whole narrative. The examples above are just a small sample of the photoshoots she did during that time. They do not depict a woman having fallen into the "abyss" or being enslaved within an abusive relationship. It is very convenient she couldn't show one photo from 2007-2010 to prove her narrative, despite the hundreds of photos of her from that time.

5. The whole narrative comes down to Evan wanting to show she is a "survivor". A survivor of what? Show us one photo of what you survived, Evan. All the photos prove you are a liar, not a survivor.

6. Why does she refer to herself as "they"? They/them pronouns are used, according to far left thinking, when we don't know the gender of the person to which we're referring, or if we want our sentence to be applicable to all genders. Evan is exalting herself as a bisexual, and refers to herself as not a her or a him, but as a "they".



Flaunt Magazine - February 2012

Lest anyone say that Evan never did a risque photoshoot again after she came out as a bisexual, I will present one last example of a topless photoshoot she did with Ellen Von Unwerth less than six months after. Here is a video link as well.

The other reason I wanted to address this 2012 photoshoot is because of the controversy it caused in August of 2019. It all began when Giulia Blasi, who writes for Vogue, said about this photoshoot of Evan from 2012, that “at twenty-four she is far too young to be sophisticated…fresh off her engagement to her first love, Jamie Bell, what she still seems to lack is that crucial imperfection that makes people interesting. And posing nude will not give her that.” Evan replied with the following thread on Twitter:

The weirdest thing about Evan's response is that she says she was 18 in this photoshoot, when in fact she was 24. If this isn't a sign of her delusion, I don't know what is.*

Concluding Remarks:

On January 11, 2022, Evan Rachel Wood tried to create a new narrative to supplement her old narrative. This new narrative was done through old photos from photoshoots in 2006 and 2011, and saying that everything in between was a low point for her, an "abyss", marked by her enslavement to an abuser. But when we take a look at just a sample of her photoshoots from 2007 - 2010, when she was in an off and on relationship with Manson, at no point do any photos depict her as being what she is now saying she was, nor was her career at a low point. In fact, with Manson her name became more widely known, and to this day it is her relationship with Manson that she is most known for, despite a successful career. The reason, however, that she posted those two photos on January 11th was because a major media bomb was about to be dropped the next day. On January 12th it was announced that Evan Rachel Wood would be featured in an HBO documentary titled Phoenix Rising, which was made to document her aspiring career as an activist on behalf of abused women, to showcase her as a hero for survivors and a powerful voice for all women. But this documentary suddenly became a two-part series when Evan decided to name her abuser - Marilyn Manson - and what unfolded thereafter. The documentary is set to premier at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23rd, hence Evan's rush to clean out and expand and edit her Instagram account to better fit this new image.


* I have a personal theory that in Manson's song "Perfume" from We Are Chaos, the lines below were written about Evan after her 2019 controversy with Vogue
"Not a victim of fashion, 
more fascist than vogue, 
'cause victim is chic, 
you're as famous as your pain, 
victim is chic, yeah."