Is There Collusion Between Evan Rachel Wood and Rolling Stone Magazine To Bring Down Marilyn Manson?

 

In part one of Evan Rachel Wood's documentary Phoenix Rising, she claims that Marilyn Manson said "Hitler was the first rock star," as she desperately tries to build a case that Manson was obsessed with Nazism and an admirer of Hitler. This is a claim that is easily disproved, and as I pointed out in my review of part one of Phoenix Rising, it is very well known to those familiar with Manson's career that he has never said anything positive about Nazism and Hitler, and in fact has clearly stated in a few places that "Jesus Christ was the first rock star." Instead, the one who implied "Hitler was the first rock star" was a musical idol held dear by both Manson and Evan - David Bowie. During his Thin White Duke era, and a period of intense drug use, Bowie spoke tongue-in-cheek through that persona as if he supported fascism and admired Hitler. Among the things he said, to quote exactly, was that "Adolf Hitler was one of the first rock stars." Some months later, when he sobered up, he blamed such statements on mental instability caused by his drug problems at the time, saying: "I was out of my mind, totally, completely crazed."

Though the great David Bowie made such statements and disavowed them, Marilyn Manson has not and never has made such statements, rather he has always spoken against Nazism and Hitler. I have written in my review of part two of Phoenix Rising why I believe Evan is making these accusations against Manson, as there is ample and damning photo and video evidence of her circulating from the time she was with Manson that shows her odd fascination with Nazism and Hitler, where she is seen dressing like a transvestite Hitler and is the only one giving the Sieg Heil salute during a Manson performance. Since her false accusations against Manson are mainly based on trying to rehabilitate and renew her image, naming Manson in February 2021 in order to blame him for her past behavior was motivated to a great degree in her attempt to disassociate herself from these damning photos and videos.

With this being the case, it is curious that Evan would take something her musical idol David Bowie said and put in on the lips of Marilyn Manson, especially when there is very clear evidence that Manson has stated "Jesus Christ was the first rock star." One would need to only bring forward the documentation to prove this is what Manson actually said. And as I was doing some research on this, to directly respond to Evan's accusation, I went in search of the primary sources showing Manson's clear statements against Nazism and Hitler, which I found. However, when it came time for me to find the direct source for Manson's quote "Jesus Christ was the first rock star," things were not as easy.

Yes, I found where Manson said "Jesus Christ was the first rock star." He said it in a few interviews in the early 2000's. It was also in an essay he wrote, titled "The Dead Rock Star", for Rolling Stone magazine, published on May 15, 2003 as part of their 35th Anniversary special issue in which they celebrated "American Icons". The exact quote from Manson comes from the very first sentence of that essay: "Jesus was the first rock star." He says it twice in the first paragraph, if the first time wasn't clear enough for you.

The problem is, if you go to the Rolling Stone website, you can't find this essay, titled "The Dead Rock Star". Manson has written a total of four essays for Rolling Stone, and three of them ("Columbine: Whose Fault Is It?"; "The Doors"; "David Bowie ‘Changed My Life Forever’") can be easily found on the website for Rolling Stone, but the essay "The Dead Rock Star" is nowhere to be found. To read this essay, you have to go to the MansonWiki website where this and other essays by Manson can be found. This begs the question: why does Rolling Stone have all of Manson's essays on their website except this one? This prompted me to investigate further.

On the Blabbermouth website, I found an article from April 29, 2003, that gave me the link to Manson's essay "The Dead Rock Star" when it did appear on the website for Rolling Stone. Here is the link:

https://www.rollingstone.com/features/coverstory/featuregen.asp?pid=1625

When you click on the link, it says this:

 
What this tells me is that this essay once appeared on the website for Rolling Stone, but for some reason it is no longer at the same link, and when you search for it you can't find it anywhere else on the site at a different link.

What I did next was I took that link from 2003 and brought up its history in the Wayback Machine, to see when exactly the essay was removed from the website. This is is what came up:

 
If we see what the article looked like in 2003, this is what comes up:


Here we see that between June 2, 2003 and January 25, 2021 there were 13 updates made to that webpage. On November 9, 2006 the last update was made, and it remained in place without interruption until January 25, 2021. On January 25, 2021 the essay appears to have been removed and we get the same message as above. In fact, all the essays except one were removed that day from the 35th Anniversary issue, even though their entire other catalogue is still on their website, with few exceptions:


Why would the essay be removed on January 25, 2021? Could it have something to do with the fact that just a few days later on February 1, 2021, Evan Rachel Wood, who five years earlier exclusively revealed to Rolling Stone that she was abused and raped by two men, came out and named Marilyn Manson as her abuser?

Before Evan named Marilyn Manson as her abuser, we know that there were people who knew that Evan was referring to Manson, directly from Evan herself. For example, from 2020 up until 2022, Evan had hired Amy Berg and her vast crew to film the documentary Phoenix Rising. Also, on January 21, 2021, Senator Susan Rubio wrote a letter to the Director of the FBI in order to open up an investigation against Marilyn Manson.


We also know that Kory Grow and Jason Newman from Rolling Stone began what they call an "in-depth investigation" into the allegations against Marilyn Manson for nine months. The result of this so-called investigation was published on November 24, 2021, and titled "Marilyn Manson: The Monster Hiding in Plain Sight". What is eerily missing from their investigation is any significant mention of Evan Rachel Wood. She is not even interviewed (though probably was one of their many anonymous sources). If Evan Rachel Wood, before she named Manson, hired a documentary film crew by a celebrated documentarian to document an investigation against Marilyn Manson, and notified the government to conduct an investigation against Marilyn Manson, is it so hard to believe that Evan Rachel Wood notified someone over at Rolling Stone, the premier music magazine with investigative journalists, before she came out on social media to conduct an investigation against Marilyn Manson, with the assurance that the media would get behind her?

We know Evan was lying when she said that Manson said "Hitler was the first rock star."

We know that the primary source of Manson saying "Jesus was the first rock star" was in Rolling Stone in his 2003 essay "The Dead Rock Star".

We know that Rolling Stone had conducted an investigation that was wildly biased against Manson and was many months in the making with supposedly 55 testimonies, the great majority of which were anonymous.

We know that part one of Phoenix Rising had been filmed by the end of 2020, which is where Evan talks about Manson saying "Hitler was the first rock star."

We also know that Rolling Stone removed Manson's essay just a few days before Evan named Marilyn Manson as her abuser, which resulted in Manson getting headline news around the world and people doing deep dives into his writings and interviews to find clues of his alleged behavior. However, if they looked at the website of Rolling Stone, they would never find Manson's essay which would contradict Evan's statement against Manson in her soon to be released documentary. To find it, you would have to go to a Manson fan site, which obviously can't be trusted for being "favorable" or "biased" towards Manson.

But why would there be a cover-up by Rolling Stone?

In November of 2016, Evan Rachel Wood was featured in Rolling Stone with a photoshoot and she talked about her past abuse. According to Evan herself a year later, in a November 2017 essay she wrote for Nylon, there had been some debate over at Rolling Stone as to whether or not her story of abuse merited a cover story for Rolling Stone that month. It was decided by Rolling Stone to not give her the cover. According to Evan, her story should have merited her first cover with Rolling Stone, and she felt annoyed by this, but to add insult to injury, they instead gave the cover story to the Rolling Stones, who had been on the cover of the magazine named for them 24 times already, while it had been over a year since they put a female on the cover. She says:

"In the social-political climate we were in, it was a devastating blow that not only was Rolling Stone extending their streak of a female-devoid publication, but they were rejecting a cover featuring a female whose role represented overcoming oppression and abuse.

A survivor.

This set the tone for what was about to be a disaster with seemingly no limits to its destruction."


The "disaster" she was referring to was the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, which took place on the same day Rolling Stone rejected Evan's cover story and chose the Rolling Stones instead.

When the election results rolled in, and Donald Trump was elected, Evan became utterly devastated, as she describes vividly and dramatically in her essay. She was filming in Canada at the time, and was seriously contemplating whether or not to ever return to the United States. But she knew she had to because her child was still there. She fell asleep completely dejected.

When she woke up the next day, however, she felt motivated. The source of her motivation, as she says elsewhere, was, besides the future of her son, her inspiring character on Westworld, Delores, and she decided to call Rolling Stone and make an exclusive revelation.

"I walked over to the phone and called Rolling Stone. You see, in the interview I had done with them, I dodged questions about sexual assault and rape.

Now, I was done pretending. We were in this mess because of silence and apathy. I got up and admitted to them, 'Yes. I have been raped.'

This was also the day I vowed to only wear suits to every upcoming award show I would be attending. I would not conform to a society that didn’t stand up for me or value me as a human being, so I would not be putting on a dress just to be liked.

After hearing the president openly talk about sexually assaulting women, it was one of the few days my strength and persistence buckled under me and I cried all morning.

I was going to have to face my rapist every day in the form of The President of the United States."


Well, as we all know, Evan still didn't get the cover story from Rolling Stone. In fact, Evan's statement to Rolling Stone about being sexually assaulted and raped wasn't even published in full, which is why Evan took to Twitter and released her entire statement the next day.

Since then, Evan has sought justice from Rolling Stone and other media sources and demanded from them to do better, especially in light of the Me Too Movement. And Rolling Stone has made it clear that it is trying to do better, especially since the time Evan came forward and named Manson ... perhaps a few days sooner. In fact, Rolling Stone's current Editor-in-Chief, Noah Shachtman, was hired during the Manson investigation (July 2021) precisely to change the entire mission and atmosphere at Rolling Stone. As Shachtman has tweeted on his Twitter account, his goal and the goal of Rolling Stone as an organization is now to "confront monsters the magazine helped elevate", and he was especially referring to Marilyn Manson, who has graced its covers a handful of times. This is also no doubt why in January 2022, Rolling Stone hired Tomas Mier to join their writing staff, who had his first cover story with People Magazine when he covered Ashley Morgan Smithline's allegations against Manson.

Rolling Stone is out to bring down Marilyn Manson in order to rehabilitate their good reputation, which has been questioned for many years. Evan has the same exact goal. People like Marilyn Manson have been identified by them as part of the problem. It is not difficult to believe, therefore, the following scenario: Evan notified someone at Rolling Stone before she named Marilyn Manson, in order to help kickstart the investigation against him, and told them things we would later hear in the documentary, which she had already filmed, among which is the statement "Hitler was the first rock star." If Evan told someone at Rolling Stone that this was what Manson really said, and they all knew Manson wrote "Jesus was the first rock star" in one of his essays for them but it was in fact misleading, then Evan's story, which should apparently not be doubted in the least in the Me Too era, should not give an appearance of a contradiction, therefore it was decided to get rid of it altogether. Thus, the cover-up. 

Evan had already been in the process of covering-up her own Nazi-like behavior, by claiming to file a police report in December 2020 (her claim was later proven false) against the ones who released those photos and videos, and later falsely claiming she was underage and drugged. Part of the final cover-up was to get rid of that essay by Manson from a credible music magazine so she could turn the Nazi accusations away from her and focus them on Manson. Somehow she seems to have convinced Rolling Stone to aid in her cover-up in exchange for an exclusive investigation that would help them restore their reputation. Either that, or Evan's girlfriend at the time and known website hacker and grifter Illma Gore hacked into the Rolling Stone website and got rid of it, but that is a bit of a risky alternative.
 
Was there collusion between Evan Rachel Wood and Rolling Stone magazine to bring down Marilyn Manson? You decide.

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