Marilyn Manson his speech with a fake assault rifle after only a few hours after the shooting in the town of Sutherland springs protested against the irresponsible handling of weapons. This is stated in the statement of the singer, published in publication Variety.
“In an era when mass shootings have become an almost daily phenomenon, it was a theatrical performance designed to show how readily available semi-automatic weapons, as is becoming the norm. My art has always been a reaction to popular culture and my way to make people think about the terrible things happening in this world. My statement did not imply disrespect and demonstrations of insensitivity. The microphone that I used on stage, was passed to me with the approval of the police officer. I sympathize with everyone who has suffered from irresponsible and reprehensible abuse of REAL weapons,” the statement said Manson.
We will remind, on 5 November, the musician performed at the festival’s closing Ozzfest Meets Knotfest in San Bernardino, California. During the song, We Know Where You Fucking Live Manson was aiming for the crowd of a fake assault rifle, to which was attached a microphone. This speech occurred just a few hours after the shooting at the Church of Texas city Sutherland springs, during which погиблb 27 people. In response, Manson was accused of insensitivity and cruelty.