31 Fun Facts About the One and Only Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson is a musician, actor, author, nightmare inducer, and public figure who has been riling feathers since the late 80s. Known for his incredibly controversial performances, Manson once dominated the music charts, going platinum twice, going gold three times, and having seven albums released in the top ten.
He was also rumored to have had ribs removed so he could pleasure himself orally.
Here are 30 fun facts about the one and only Marilyn Manson:
Marilyn Manson was born Brian Warner, an unassuming midwestern kid. But as David Lynch showed time and time again, there’s a seedy underbelly in every goddamn suburb.
Against all better judgement, Manson was a guest on Bill O’Reilly’s aptly named The O’Reilly Factor.
During the interview, O’Reilly repeatedly attacked Manson, out and out lying to make his point (a total shock, given that this was a FOX News show), but Manson remained cool and collected and his answers were thoughtful and considerate.
Proving once again that it’s better to look like an a-hole than to be one.
Manson and his music have been blamed for influencing the Columbine shooting (because everyone knows a boom box amassed multiple guns and shot up a school…). He even appeared in Bowling for Columbine, a documentary about the tragedy and gun culture in America, discussing the shooting, his accountability (or lack thereof), and the influence media has on acts of violence.
Despite his ghoulish appearance, Manson has a bit of an angel heart when it comes to kids – he supports numerous children’s charities like Music for Life as well as Little Kids Rock. He’s even worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and had a terminally ill fan come to the studio and lay down backing vocals for a track Manson was working on.
It’s hard to make a snarky joke about something that’s legit super sweet.
Manson, like Ozzy and Alice Cooper before him, has had some nasty things said about him in the context of animal cruelty. For Mason, it was that 1) he convinced an amped up crowd to tear a living, breathing puppy to shreds and 2) that he once bit the head off a live chicken on stage, two claims that literally not a single person have EVER been able to back up but somehow manage to persist even in spite of the interwebs.
To be clear, more folks would rather believe someone could do terrible stuff to animals than take the LITERAL 45 SECONDS TO DISPEL RUMOURS. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO THINK THIS HAPPENED?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?
Manson is a fan of Anton Lavey, founder of the Church Of Satan, and someone even more reviled and detested than he is. Manson is also a fan of Aleister Crowley (a wholly awful dude – seriously just read up on him), more of an occultist than a Satanist but still…
Mason, in addition to having terrible taste in outfits, also has terrible taste in idols.
As a tribute to the late, great David Bowie, Manson wears two different colored contacts, each with a differently sized pupil. In Bowie’s case, he suffered from a legit medical condition called Anisocoria, where one pupil is permanently dilated, looking like you smoked a joint, but only from one side of your mouth.
It also created the illusion that both eyes are different colors.
Depths of Depp
Mason and Johnny Depp are so close that they even have matching tattoos! We’re sure we could find out what those tattoos are but it makes us much happier thinking that it’s a butterfly on the lower back.
The song “Killing Strangers” off of Pale Emperor, Manson’s 9th album, was inspired by Manson’s own father, who was a member of the Air Force and, if the title of the song holds any credence, was a killer of strangers.
Mason has terrible taste in booze and is a huge fan of absinthe – aka paint thinner for pretentious pricks. In fact, he’s such a huge fan of the drink and of portmanteaus that he has created his own brand of absinthe called, and I wish I were kidding, Mansinthe. This poorly-name hooch won a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2008.