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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

Marilyn Manson's Biggest Regret

Throughout his career, Marilyn Manson has been asked by various interviewers about things he regrets, and in lyrics of his songs he has talked about both regretting and not regretting, but the last time he was asked about his regrets was in 2019, in an interview for the German magazine Numero Homme Berlin (Spring/Summer 2019) for which he graced the cover. I translated his response below:

Sina Braetz: Looking back, what do you regret most about your life?

Marilyn Manson: I regret that I was naive enough to let people believe that my kindness was weakness and that I allowed them to take advantage of it. Many people believed that I was actually stupid or naive because I was so friendly and they betrayed me. But that was my fault, not theirs. That's why I regret not having been competent enough to understand that my desire to have companionable friendship - or whatever you want to call it - to have friends or family, made me make a lot of mistakes that I wish I hadn't made. But I learned from it and try not to repeat these mistakes.

To me, this can be interpreted in a few relevant ways. I won't explore what it could specifically refer to, since he didn't get into the details. But I do think there is a lot of truth to it, and there are quite a few examples where I know this could be applied, both in his past romantic relationships and his friendships. It is certainly seen in the various accusations made against him in the past few years, especially when accusers have twisted the truth to interpret an act of kindness from years ago into a heinous crime that is absolutely baseless. And it should not be lost on us how quickly and unquestionably many associated with him were to embrace these accusers falsehoods when they became public, adding to the betrayals in an unprecedented way beyond what he was referring to in 2019.