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Marilyn Manson Shares Valentine's Day Photos (February 14, 2024) - Some Possible Meanings Behind Recent Manson Imagery

The day prior to Valentine's Day, Lindsay posted some of her photos in anticipation, but on February 14th itself Manson posted photos of himself taken by Lindsay. The first thing he did was change his profile photo on all his social media to the image at the top of this page, then he posted the following photo:     The last time Manson changed his profile photo was on May 15, 2023 with the caption: "I’ve got something for you to hear," and I pointed out some of the relevant imagery of that photo. May 15th is the wedding anniversary of Manson and Lindsay. Now we have another profile change on February 14th, Valentine's Day, which besides all the historical Manson symbolism behind the day, can also be seen as another occasion for Manson and Lindsay to celebrate their love. And of course, both photos were taken by Lindsay. The latest profile picture has no accompanying caption, so let's take a closer look at it and see what significance there may be to it. To break

Marilyn Manson in the News (April 7 - May 3, 2023)


April 8 and 9

- Two Unreleased Tracks From Donda 2 Featuring Marilyn Manson Are Leaked

On April 8th an unreleased version of the track "Pablo" from Donda 2 was released with the complete original lyrics that featured Marilyn Manson. Those who can be heard in this version are Kanye West, Travis Scott, Marilyn Manson and Future.



Then on April 9th an unreleased version of the track "530" was released with the complete original lyrics, which was produced by Marilyn Manson and replaces the beat-switch with a guitar riff presumably by Tim Skold, though he is not credited.




April 13

- Violet Orlandi Changes Her Mind About Marilyn Manson

Violet Orlandi is a singer and songwriter from Brazil, who covers some of her favorite songs (mainly rock songs) on social media on a weekly basis. Violet is best known for her cover videos, many of which have gone viral on social media platforms. Due to her online success, she has been able to make a full time living making music. She has over a million subscribers on YouTube alone.

Among the many covers she has done, included among them are a number of Marilyn Manson songs. According to an interview from September 2021, she credits Marilyn Manson with inspiring her career:

"I’m originally from São Paulo, Brazil. I was always into music and I’d sing around the house as a toddler–sadly, they didn’t make black diapers at the time. But my passion for music really started when I was a teenager and randomly watched a Marilyn Manson music video. The music paired with the visuals did it for me."

14 minutes into this video, she explains how it was watching Manson's "The Nobodies" video on YouTube that changed her life.  Here is a link to her cover of that song.  And here is another one, a collaboration.

She even did a livestream with Manson four years ago ... sort of (see here). At the time, she said she will eventually cover every Manson song.

In 2018, on Twitter, she expressed her excitement when she found out someone told Marilyn Manson about her.

Some people were even calling Violet Orlandi the "Queen of the Manson Covers" ... until one day she decided to pull them down. So I've been told (her statement against Manson has been deleted). This was after the accusations against Manson came out. She wanted to stand in solidarity with the accusers.

But then on April 13th 2023, Violet announced that she had a new Manson cover streaming, of the song "Man That You Fear" (seems appropriate). When asked why she covered a song by Manson even though she had said she wouldn't due to the allegations against him, she replied simply: "Changed my mind."

 

A few days later, I discovered all this when I saw Manson hate pages calling her a clown for her change of mind. I also noticed that she was getting more hate for this choice than support on Instagram. I notified other Manson supporters and encouraged people to support her change of mind about Manson, and this was done. Not long after, Marilyn Manson himself and his wife Lindsay both followed her on Instagram, which she happily posted about it in her IG stories:


 
April 25

- What To Do With Great Artists Who Are Horrible People


The Daily Beast published an article with the title "If We Cancel Michael Jackson, Must We Cancel ‘Thriller’ Too?", though in reality the author of the article spoke more about Manson than Jackson. Author Claire Dederer just released a book called Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma, which explores the heartbreak wrought by great artists who are also horrible people. This article explores the subject matter of the book, but it seems to also assume that accused horrible people are actually horrible people, even if they were found to be innocent in a court of law, like Jackson was. Nonetheless, it is still a valid question, because sometimes there are artists who are actually horrible that make it difficult for some people to still appreciate their work. It seems more and more people are writing on this controversial subject, this being one of a few books delving into it which are worth looking into to.


April 28

- Nick Cave Talks About the Relationship Between Drugs and Art Based on a Quote from Marilyn Manson


In the April 2023 (Issue #234) issue of the The Red Hand Files, a website in which Nick Cave answers the questions of his fans, he was asked by a fan from Germany the following question:

Marilyn Manson said in an interview: ‘I was in a drug rehab program once, but they kicked me out. That bored me to death. I asked the therapist if he could name a single artist who made more exciting art after rehab. He then sent me to a psychiatrist, who told me he didn’t treat artists, that was hopeless: they needed the ups and downs for their art, I should just make sure that I had more ups. It’s a constant struggle. Many great musicians, actors, painters or writers have suffered throughout their lives – and great art has emerged from their pain.’ What do you think about that? (CHRISTOPHER, MUNICH, GERMANY)


Along the same lines he was asked:
 
My life is a mess. I am a drug addict now for fifteen years. I am worried about giving it up because I am an artist, a painter, and I don’t want to lose my edge. I can’t create without it. (THOM, BRISTOL, UK)

His thoughtful response was as follows:

Dear Christopher and Thom,

The idea that if you stop drinking or taking drugs then you stop making interesting art is a delusional claim. It is one routinely made by those who have not really experienced the full reach of life, that is to say those who have only really experienced the addicted life. If I correctly understand some of what Marilyn Manson is saying then I can tell you that in my younger, addicted days I most likely shared a similar view. I don’t know when Marilyn Manson said this, it could well be a quote from his younger days too. It certainly feels like it. What I myself did not understand at that time was that true suffering, or rather, meaningful suffering, only begins when we stop taking drugs. It is then that we are forced to live life on life’s terms, without the insulating effects of alcohol or drugs. We learn, in sobriety, our true and complex relationship to the world, and the profound nature of suffering. We also find, to our surprise, that happiness is possible as life broadens into something intricate and nuanced and interesting and strange, and potentially deeply creative. Life in sobriety becomes, as the greatly missed comic genius, Barry Humphries, once said, ‘funny’. The cossetted, flattened, self-obsessed life of the alcoholic or drug addict knows little of these things.

We often hear the grandiose presumption that the artist-addict experiences a kind of ‘holy ’suffering, that their struggle is special or somehow elevated beyond the ordinary heartache of the world. This is simply not the case and indicates little understanding of the nature of suffering or addiction or, indeed, art. The artist-addict, cocooned within their addiction, always has the validating recourse of their art, whilst the ordinary person, dealing with the hardships and devastations of life, must deal with raw existence simply as it comes. I find there is considerable courage, beauty and humanity in that common struggle.

Art is the agent best equipped to bring light to the world. That is its purpose. That is its promise. That it is predicated upon a unique suffering that is somehow linked to drink and drugs is self-serving, self-piteous nonsense. Don’t fall for it.

Love, Nick



April 29

- Illma Gore Back To Doing Art in Australia

Last year, Illma Gore attended and moderated a panel at the Brisbane Street Art Festival. This year she returns as one of the featured artists (May 6 - May 21). Because she is perhaps the most famous artist being featured this year, she got a featured article in The Guardian. Her lawsuit from Manson is almost completely ignored, but she had plenty of criticism towards the country that has hosted her for a number of years and made her the success that she is. But no matter how ugly she thinks things in America are right now, it cannot compare to her fashion choices as seen in the photoshoot accompanying this article. Besides voicing her Aussie hatred for America, the article also discusses her optimistic opinion on the future of art and the rise of AI.


 

May 1

- Marilyn Manson Announces He Is Working on New Music


On April 30th, Manson and his wife Lindsay emerged from a restaurant following a date night in West Hollywood, when a reporter from Backgrid caught some rare video footage in which Manson answers a few of his questions. Among the breaking news from this interview, it appears that although there are no immediate plans of Manson going out on tour, he did confirm that he is working on new music. No release date is given, but at least it gives us a bit of optimism for the future.




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