During his 2013 interview with Larry King, The Pale Emperor Marilyn Manson claimed he’d been publicly blamed for 36 school shootings since the beginning of his career. The most famous and detrimental to Manson’s reputation was Columbine, the 1999 high school massacre that mainstream media somehow tied to the 46-year-old singer. Though it became widely accepted that Manson inspired the killers, he was adamant that the monstrous duo, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, weren’t ever fans and felt his music was “too pop” for their taste.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Manson reflected on the killing spree, saying, “With Columbine, it really shut down my career entirely, to the point where casinos—gambling establishments—refused to book my shows.” He went on to address how the media wrongly sensationalized Harris and Klebold, while simultaneously demonizing his music. “They put these two killers on the cover of Time magazine,” Manson said. “I’ve never been on the cover of Time magazine. That’s the whole point.” This discussion is especially relevant today, when every major media outlet has given South Carolina shooter Dylan Roof A-list attention.